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The Journal of Democracy is the world’s leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy. Since its first appearance in 1990, it has engaged both activists and intellectuals in critical discussions of the problems of and prospects for democracy around the world. Today, the Journal is at the center of debate on the major social, political, and cultural challenges that confront emerging and established democracies alike.

The Journal features essays on topical themes and specific countries, and covers all world regions. In addition, each issue includes reviews of important books on democracy; reports on recent and upcoming elections; excerpts from speeches and documents by leading democrats and dissidents; and news about the activities of prodemocracy groups in the United States and abroad.

The Journal explores in depth every aspect of the establishment, consolidation, and maintenance of democracy, including political institutions, parties and elections, civil society, ethnic conflict, economic reform, public opinion, the role of the media, and constitutionalism. It covers not only practical political matters but also questions of democratic theory and culture. While it maintains the highest scholarly standards, it is written and edited for the general reader.

The Journal‘s entire archive, from 1990 to the present, is available on Project Muse at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_democracy/.