Having gone live on 25 June 2018, the Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) was formally launched at the University of Melbourne on Monday 22 October with a panel discussion:
‘Is Democracy Decaying Worldwide? And What Can We Do About It?’
The panel started with a global overview from DEM-DEC Creator Dr Tom Gerald Daly of the deterioration of democracy worldwide, in states such as Hungary, the USA and Brazil. This was followed by discussion of democratic decay in Poland, Venezuela and India with leading experts: Prof. Wojciech Sadurski (University of Sydney), Dr Raul Sanchez Urribarri (Latrobe University), and Dr Tarunabh Khaitan (universities of Oxford and Melbourne). The panel concluded with discussion of the robustness of, and challenges facing, Australian democracy, with Prof. Cheryl Saunders (University of Melbourne), followed by Q&A with the audience. DEM-DEC was formally launched by Prof. Pip Nicholson, Dean of Melbourne Law School, following the panel.
The event was co-sponsored by
DEM-DEC in a nutshell
The Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) is an online resource designed to assist researchers and policymakers focused on the deterioration of democratic rule worldwide – and to help them work together.
DEM-DEC provides an information hub and platform for collaboration through a mixture of curated and user-generated content, including an Experts Database, Events Database, Research Updates, Teaching Materials, Concept Index, and Links.
A resource for studying a global challenge
The incremental deterioration of democratic rule worldwide is one of the most pressing global challenges today. Academics and policymakers 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 experts 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 DEM-DEC
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
As well as providing a Concept Index, Experts Database, Bibliography, 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.
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This Resource is supported by a range of partners, which are leading organisations in public law and policy. Go to the Partners section to find out how you can join as a partner.
Constitution Transformation Network | Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (CCCS) | Centro de Estudos sobre Justiça de Transição (Study Center on Transitional Justice (SCTJ), Brazil) | (Constitutionally Speaking (blog, South Africa) | Democracy Reporting International (DRI) | Democratic Erosion: A Cross-University Collaboration | Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law | International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) Blog | International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) | International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CONnect) Blog | ICON-S-Israel | RECONNECT: Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law | School of Transnational Governance (STG), European University Institute | Verfassungsblog
The views expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the partner organisations.