Democratic Theory

An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Editors: Mark Chou, Australian Catholic University
Jean-Paul Gagnon, Australian Catholic University
Associate Editors: Emily Beausoleil, Massey University
Selen A. Ercan, University of Canberra
George Vasilev, La Trobe University

NEW IN 2014!


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.

Subjects: Political Theory


Forthcoming Issue

Volume 2, Issue 1, Summer 2015


Jean-Paul Gagnon and Mark Chou

On Mouffe's Agonism: Why It Is Not a Refutation of Consensus
George Vasilev

(Mis)arguing Diversity: The Weakness of Diversity as a Civic Argument (and How to Make It Stronger)
Jose Marichal

Deliberating Bodies: Democracy, Identification, and Embodiment
Amanda Machin

Dividing Deliberative and Participatory Democracy through John Dewey
Jeff Jackson


Jeffrey E. Green, The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship

Hearing with the Gaze: Jeffrey Green's The Eyes of the People
Richard Avramenko

Seeing and Being Seen: A Response to Jeffrey Green's The Eyes of the People
Lars Tonder

Reply to Critics
Jeffrey Edward Green


A Genealogy of Deliberative Democracy
Stephen Elstub with Jean-Paul Gagnon


Alessandro Ferrara, The Democratic Horizion: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism
Review by Daniele Santoro

Jane Mansbridge and John Parkinson, eds., Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale
Review by Joseph Lacey