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RevDem's geographical focus lies in Europe (European countries and international organizations such as the EU and the Council of Europe), but is by no means limited to Europe. The editors aim to stimulate debate among scholars across the world on re- and de-democratization, in order to enrich the dialogue with European and global perspectives.

The RevDem addresses the problems of re- and de-democratization, conceived most broadly.
This includes all the crucial aspects of such processes:

cross-regional dialogue

Heads of section: Stefano Palestini Cespedes, Catholic University of Chile and Amr Adly, American University in Cairo

Here we provide analyses of the developments regarding democratization from South America, Asia and Africa.


Future of democracy in Europe

Head of section: Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris

Innovation in democracy and the future of Europe are intertwined as policymakers and academics strive to find solutions to a swath of issues. Ongoing debates include the concept of treaty changes, the institutional setup of the European Union, the politicization of Europe, and the fate of European federalism.


political economy and inequalities

Heads of section: Gabor Scheiring, Bocconi University and Vera Scepanovic, Leiden University, Tomasz P. Wozniakowski, Hertie School

Political economy and inequalities are two issues central to the survival and thriving of democracy. Specific issues to be addressed include the interplay between socio-economic pathways and political change; the political economy of European integration;  and the fate of the welfare state.


theories of de- and re-democratization

Heads of section: Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Yale University and Ferenc Laczo, Leiden University

This section concentrates on the theories of (re/de) democratization, on the relationship between democracy and liberalism which is at the heart of the current populist crisis of democracy, as well as on the debates surrounding the notion of citizenship.


the rule of law and democratic backsliding

Heads of section: Dimitry Kochenov, Groningen School of Law and Petra Bard, ELTE/CEU

The rule of law is at the heart of the processes of de-democratization. Apart from the current academic discourse on the rule of law, we must recast the Europeanization theories that largely failed to address the issue of democratic backsliding.