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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 4, Issue 1, Summer 2017


Resist and Revivify: Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance
Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil


The Will of the People? Schmitt and Rousseau on a Key Question in Democratic Theory
Samuel Salzborn

Common Democracy: Political Representation beyond Representative Democracy
Alexandros Kioupkiolis

The Deliberative Potential of Facultative Referendums: Procedure and Substance in Direct Democracy
Alice el-Wakil

Book Symposium

Paul Apostolidis, William Connolly, Jodi Dean, and Jade Schiff comment on Romand Coles’s book Visionary Pragmatism. Coles responds.

Critical Commentary

John Dewey between Participatory Democracy and Direct Action: A Commentary on Jeff Jackson
William R. Caspary

Practitioner's Note

SeeClickFix Empowers Citizens by Connecting Them to Their Local Governments
Ben Berkowitz, with Jean-Paul Gagnon

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