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Democratic Theory

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Aims & Scope

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Democratic Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn. It encourages philosophical and interdisciplinary contributions that critically explore democratic theory—in all its forms. Spanning a range of views, the journal offers a cross-disciplinary forum for diverse theoretical questions to be put forward and systematically examined. It advances non-Western as well as Western ideas and is actively based on the premise that there are many forms of democracies and many types of democrats.

As a forum for debate, the journal challenges theorists to ask and answer the perennial questions that plague the field of democratization studies:

  • Why is democracy so prominent in the world today?
  • What is the meaning of democracy?
  • Will democracy continue to expand?
  • Are current forms of democracy sufficient to give voice to “the people” in an increasingly fragmented and divided world?
  • Who leads in democracy?
  • What types of non-Western democratic theories are there?
  • Should democrats always defend democracy?
  • Should democrats be fearful of de-democratization, post-democracies, and the rise of hybridized regimes?  

For too long, the discourse of democracy has been colonized and predetermined by the West. Now more than ever there is a need to globalize—and by extension democratize—how we think about democracy: Democratic Theory provides the means for these essential debates to germinate and develop.

Democratic Theory is now ranked in the Australian Political Studies Association's 2016 Preferred Journal List.

Subjects: Political Theory

Current Issue

Volume 5, Issue 1, Summer 2018

Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon


Epistocracy and Democratic Participation in a Post-Truth World
Peter Strandbrink

War without Citizens: Memorialization, War, and Democracy in the United States
Stephen J. Rosow

The Cold War Origins of the “Crisis of Democracy”
Kyong-Min Son

Breaking Barriers and Coded Language: Watching Politics of Race at the Ballpark
Thomas D. Bunting


Propaganda’s Role in Liberal Democratic Societies
Jason Stanley with John B. Min

Research Note

2,234 Descriptions of Democracy: An Update to Democracy’s Ontological Pluralism
Jean-Paul Gagnon

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