DEM-DEC Launched!

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

Melbourne School of Government and the Constitution Transformation Network at Melbourne Law School.

Click here for more details and the launch programme

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.

Download the DEM-DEC Information Booklet here

Read what leading democracy defenders think about DEM-DEC here

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

Search DEM-DEC


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