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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 3, Issue 2, Winter 2016



Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Effective Deliberative Inclusion of Women in Traditional Contexts
Monique Deveaux

On Two Anti-Democratic Uses of Sortition
Filimon Peonidis

Breaking New and Controversial Ground? Democracy in ASEAN
Avery Poole

Book Symposium
Nancy S. Love, Sanford F. Schram, Luis Cabrera, Anthony J. Langlois, and Carol C. Gould


Participatory Democracy in Unlikely Places: What Democratic Theorists Can Learn from Democratic Professionals
Albert Dzur and Selen Ercan

Critical Commentary

China’s New Silk Road: Autocracy Promotion in the New Asian Order?
Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou

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