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23.07.15

Helmut K. Anheier edits special issue of Global Policy on democracy

Three Hertie School peers contributed to this issue, entitled "Changing the European Debate: A Rollback of Democracy".

Helmut K. Anheier edited Global Policy Journal's special issue "Changing the European Debate: A Rollback of Democracy". He also wrote the conclusion "How to Rule the Void? Policy Responses to a Hollowing Out of Democracy". Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Doctoral Student Arndt Leiniger contributed to the issue as well, publishing the articles "Fixing Europe Is about Performance, Not Democracy" and "Direct Democracy in Europe: Potentials and Pitfalls" respectively. 

Please find all articles for download on the website of the Global Policy Journal (most are subject to a fee).

Issue Description

The evolution of democracy within and outside the EU is increasingly finding itself under critical scrutiny. Indeed there is agreement across the various contributions to this special issue, guest edited by Helmut K. Anheier, that the state of democratic systems has deteriorated – not only in Europe but also in the United States. Consequently it contains contributions by academics and practitioners that analyse democracy from a variety perspectives including philosophy, history, sociology, the economy and international development. It seeks to forward the process of critical exchange between researchers and policy makers to develop effective and sustainable solutions for future policy challenges.

Global Policy is an innovative and interdisciplinary journal bringing together world class academics and leading practitioners to analyse both public and private solutions to global problems and issues. It focuses on understanding globally relevant risks and collective action problems; policy challenges that have global impact; and competing and converging discourses about global risks and policy responses. It also includes case studies of policy with clear lessons for other countries and regions; how policy responses, politics and institutions interrelate at the global level; and the conceptual, theoretical and methodological innovations needed to explain and develop policy in these areas.