The essence of democratic backsliding in the European Union: deliberation and rule of law

Written by Anna Gora, Pieter de Wilde 17 December 2020

"This paper analyzes recent trends of democratic backsliding within the European Union (EU)" and provides "a comprehensive analysis of the essence of democratic backsliding by analyzing changes between 1990 and 2019 on key indicators of democracy – polyarchy, liberalism, participation, deliberation and egalitarianism – documented in the V-Dem dataset, within the European Union. We find that democratic backsliding at its core is structured by a deterioration of the quality of deliberation" (Gora and de Wilde, 2020).

Publisher: Journal of European Public Policy

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Categories: Paper, Liberal Democracy