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DEM-DEC in a nutshell
Democratic Decay & Renewal (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 DEM-DEC, and about the creator and Director 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 | V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy)
The views expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the partner organisations.