Dem-Dec Launch: "Is democracy decaying? And what can we do about it?"

22 October 2018

On Monday 22 October 2018, Melbourne Law School, the Melbourne School of Government, in partnership with Dr Tom Daly, creator of the Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) held the official launch of the resource at the University of Melbourne.

The launch took the form of a panel discussion, focused on the topic, ‘Is Democracy Decaying? And what can we do about it?’. The panel included a range of experts, namely:

  • Prof. Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney, discussing the crisis in Poland;
  • Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri, Latrobe University, discussing democratic decay in Venezuela;
  • Dr Tarun Khaitan, University of Melbourne/University of Oxford, discussing India;
  • Prof Cheryl Saunders, University of Melbourne, placing the discussion in an Australian context.

The Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) is a new online resource aiming to provide useful information on the deterioration of democratic rule worldwide, and to bring democracy defenders in academia and policy together, through a mixture of curated, collaborative, and user-generated content including a Bibliography, Scholars Database, Events Database, Links, and Concept Index.

Since its virtual launch on Monday 25 June, DEM-DEC has been a runaway success. It has been used by over 2000 researchers and policymakers in over 80 states worldwide; and a range of leading policy and academic organisations dedicated to democracy have joined as partners.