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Has Democracy Lost Its Appeal?

Foreign Affairs Asks the Experts

A voter casts his ballot during the presidential election at the Helsinki City Hall in Helsinki, Finland January 2018.  Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehitkuva via REUTERS

The lead package of the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs is on democracy. To complement these articles, we decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take. As with previous surveys, we approached dozens of authorities with deep specialized expertise relevant to the question at hand, together with a few leading generalists in the field. Participants were asked to state whether they agreed or disagreed with a proposition and to rate their confidence level in their opinion; the answers from those who responded are below:

Debate Statement

Democracy has lost its global appeal.

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