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Journal of Democratic Theory

About

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.

The Editors welcome contributions for publication in the journal.
  • All articles should be submitted as Word attachments to the Editors.
  • Please refer to the Info for Authors page for submission and style guidelines.
  • Please also refer to the Journal Contributors’ page for general information and guidelines regarding topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

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