Democracy and Its Discontents

Citation:

John Shattuck. 2016. “Democracy and Its Discontents.” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 2, 40: 173-184. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

In contrast to the European tradition of democratic pluralism, John Shattuck points to a new phenomenon in Eastern European states: illiberal democracy. Popularized by authoritarian political discourse in Hungary and Poland, the trend toward illiberalism evidences deep discontent with democracy’s economic, identity, and security implications for Europe. Democracy, however, is capable of reforming itself from the inside, allowing for new structures of participation for its citizens—whereas the strict control of power in illiberal democracy blocks avenues for meaningful change.

Last updated on 09/21/2016