Democratic Theory

An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Editors: Mark Chou, Australian Catholic University
Jean-Paul Gagnon, Australian Catholic University
Associate Editors: 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 crossdisciplinary 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 democratisation 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

Current Issue

Volume 1, Issue 1



Why Democratic Theory?
Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon


The Swindle of Democracy in the Neoliberal University and the Responsibility of Intellectuals
Henry A. Giroux

The Role of Schools in the Rise of Egalitarian Political Culture
Simeon Mitropolitski

What Should the Citizen Know about Politics? Two Approaches to the Measurement of Political Knowledge
Lauri Rapeli


Representing Nature and Contemporary Democracy
Robyn Eckersley with Jean-Paul Gagnon


David Runciman, The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present
Review by Jack Corbett

Todd Landman, Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals
Review by Tezcan Gumus