The Global State of Democracy

Exploring Democracy's Resilience
This publication is only available in electronic format
Published: 
8 November 2017
Language: 
English
Pages: 
346
ISBN: 
978-91-7671-129-3 (Print)

Is democracy really in trouble, or do recent events simply signal a temporary downward fluctuation?

Are sceptics overreacting to sensational daily headlines, and losing sight of democracy’s numerous advances over the last few decades? Under what conditions is democracy resilient when challenged? To answer these questions, the first edition of International IDEA’s biennial publication, The Global State of Democracy, explores the challenges and risks to democracy as well as the enabling conditions for its resilience—its ability to adapt and recover from complex challenges and crises.

International IDEA defines democracy as a political system that advances popular control and political equality. Democracy is a proven universal value for citizens all over the world, and should be accepted as a globally owned concept for which there is no universally applicable model. Democracy comes in multiple forms, which are in constant evolution, with no endpoint.

The Global State of Democracy seeks to address the lack of analytical material on democracy building and the quality of democracy internationally, and to bridge the gap between academic research, policy development and democracy assistance initiatives. It provides evidence-based analysis of the global state of democracy. It introduces the new Global State of Democracy (GSoD) indices as a key evidence base to inform policy interventions and identify problem-solving approaches to trends affecting the quality of democracy.

Access the digital version of The Global State of Democracy and the Global State of Democracy Indices

Contents

Overview (in Arabic, English, French and Spanish)

Foreword
Michelle Bachelet

Preface
Yves Leterme

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1. The global state of democracy, 1975–2015

Chapter 2. Democracy’s resilience in a changing world

Chapter 3. Threats from within: democracy’s resilience to backsliding

Chapter 4. The changing nature of political parties and representation

Chapter 5. Money, influence, corruption and capture: can democracy be protected?

Chapter 6. Mind the gap: can democracy counter inequality?

Chapter 7. Migration, social polarization, citizenship and multiculturalism

Chapter 8. Inclusive peacebuilding in conflict-affected states: designing for democracy’s resilience

Annex: The Global State of Democracy Indices Methodology

Additional resources 

Background Papers
Democracy and Resilience: Conceptual Approaches and Considerations
Geographic definitions of regions in The Global State of Democracy

Resource Guides             
Democracy and Inequality
Democracy and Peacebuilding
Measuring Public Support for Democracy
Innovations in Anti-Corruption Approaches
Elections, Electoral Systems and Party Systems
Migration, Multiculturalism and Democracy

Methodology documents            
The Global State of Democracy Indices Methodology: Conceptualization and Measurement Framework
The Global State of Democracy Indices Codebook
The Global State of Democracy Indices: Technical Procedures Guide

International IDEA’s new publication, The Global State of Democracy, offers a comprehensive global analysis of the challenges facing democracy and the policy options to tackle them.
Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile

Events

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Launch/Presentation
Nov
15
2017
Stockholm, Sweden
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Nov
16
2017
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Nov
16
2017
The Hague, The Netherlands
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Nov
20
2017
Lima, Peru
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Nov
28
2017
Oslo, Norway
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Nov
29
2017
Geneva, Switzerland
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Nov
29
2017
New York, USA
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Nov
30
2017
Brussels, Belgium
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Launch/Presentation
Dec
05
2017
Jakarta, Indonesia
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Dec
06
2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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International IDEA's The Global State of Democracy publication cover

Launch/Presentation
Dec
13
2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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