Liberal democracy’s fading allure

Marc F. Plattner*

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Abstract

What accounts for the troubled condition of liberal democracy today? Standard explanations cite factors such as slowing economic growth and rising economic inequality, political polarization and gridlock, globalization, and moral and cultural decadence. Yet such explanations cannot account for the speed with which democracy's decline has surged to the forefront of political discourse around the world. And it can hardly be a coincidence that disaffection with liberal democracy and support for populist parties are growing in both new and longstanding democracies alike. Simultaneously, authoritarian regimes of various stripes are showing a new boldness as the confidence and vigor of the democracies wane. Liberal democracy will regain its former health only if voters become convinced not only of democracy's intrinsic merits but also of its superiority to all possible alternatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Democracy
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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