DEM-DEC in a nutshell

DEM-DEC is an online resource aiming to provide useful information on the deterioration of democratic rule worldwide through a mixture of curated, collaborative, and user-generated content including a Bibliography, Scholars Database, Events Database, Links, and Concept Index.

DEM-DEC’s first advocacy campaign

Information for the Article 7 Vote Against Hungary

On 12 September members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of triggering the treaty process against the Hungarian government for violation of fundamental EU values including democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. These information booklets were circulated to all MEPs in advance of the vote.

A resource for studying a global challenge


This resource has one central aim: to help public lawyers better understand democratic decay and to work together in the search for solutions.

The incremental deterioration of democratic rule worldwide is one of the most pressing global challenges today. Public lawyers are indispensable to the search for greater understanding of this phenomenon, and to the search for potential solutions.  This website is intended to provide useful information on democratic decay, to frame the research area, to address conceptual confusion, to bring together scholars who are working in this area, and to provide teaching resources to help students better understand this threat. Overall, it aims to aid the assessment of evidence-based concerns against a backdrop of often unhelpful alarmism — or complacency.  Although primarily aimed at public lawyers (i.e. those working on constitutional, international and transnational law), this resource is also intended to be useful to scholars in other disciplines, as well as policymakers. The information here complements existing initiatives, including the Democratic Erosion website, which is one of the Resource partners (see Partners below). 


Video Introduction to the DEM-DEC Resource

Dr Tom Gerald Daly explains the thinking behind the Resource


Find out about plans to develop the Democratic Decay Resource, and about the creator of the resource, Dr Tom Gerald Daly


This is a collaborative resource - find out how you can help to develop DEM-DEC and shape its content

featured events

As well as providing a Concept Index, list of ScholarsBibliography, Teaching materials, and Links to a range of sites, this Resource collates information on forthcoming events worldwide relevant to the study of democratic decay: see the Events section for details.

Subscribe to this RSS feed to receive updates on events. 

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The views expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the partner organisations.


Version 1.0 of the DEM-DEC Resource has been created using MLS Fellowship funding from Melbourne Law School.