Journal article

Democratic Decay: Conceptualising an Emerging Research Field

Tom Daly

The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law | Springer (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2019


In recent years the creeping deterioration of democratic rule worldwide has become a major preoccupation across a wide range of research fields and disciplines—espe-cially public law and political science—as scholars struggle to understand the nature of evolving threats to a broad range of democratic systems. Many terms are now used to refer to the incremental degradation of democratic rule worldwide, or ‘democratic decay’. Abusive constitutionalism. Autocratic legalism. Populist constitutionalism. Bad faith constitutionalism. De-constitutionalism. Constitutional retrogression. Constitutional capture. Constitutional rot. Constitutional decay. Democratic decon-solidation. Democratic backslidi..

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