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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

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 5, Issue 2, Winter 2018


What is populism? Who is the populist? A state of the field review (2008-2018)
Jean-Paul Gagnon, Emily Beausoleil, Kyong-Min Son, Cleve Arguelles, and Callum N Johnston


Special Section I: On populism

The Populism/Anti-Populism Divide in Western Europe
Benjamin Moffitt

In Praise of Democratic Ambivalence
Adele Webb

Freedom From Democracy: Progressive Populism and the Rise of Global Corporate Power
Mary Walsh

Special Section II: Wood & Flinders’ ‘Nexus Politics’ and Three Responses

Nexus Politics: Conceptualizing Everyday Political Engagement
Matthew Wood and Matthew Flinders

On Intentionality and Motivation in Digital Spaces: A Response to Wood and Flinders
Max Halupka

Between the Social and the Political: The Role of Proto-Political Sphere in Political Participation
Pia Rowe and David Marsh

What is ‘Political’ Participation: Beyond Explicit Motivations and Oppositional Actions
Sadiya Akram and David Marsh

Practitioner's Note

Practitioner’s Note: MASS LBP and Long-Form Deliberation in Canada
Spencer McKay and Peter MacLeod

Review Essay

Unambivalent about Ambivalence in the Politics of Mourning: David McIvor’s Mourning in America and Simon Stow’s American Mourning
Greta Snyder

Book Review

Kevin Olson, Imagined Sovereignties: The Power of the People and Other Myths of the Modern Age (Cambridge University Press, 2016), 230 pp., ISBN: 9781107113237
Reviewed by Anna Schoen

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