Why is democracy declining?

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The March episode of the LSE IQ podcast is now out, asking’ Why is democracy declining?

Earlier this year, the independent watchdog organisation Freedom House published a report cautioning that, in 2017, democracy had faced its most serious crisis in decades. The latest episode of LSE IQ asks what might lie behind this decline in global freedom, and what the future might hold for democracy.

Helping explore this issue are: Dr Jonathan Hopkin, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, LSE Department of Government and co-director of Democratic Audit; Dr Brian Klaas, a Fellow in Comparative Politics at LSE’s Department of Government; and  Professor Tomila Lankina, LSE Department of International Relations and lead of the Political Mobilisation and Democracy project.

Each episode of LSE IQ sees a range of LSE academics, and other experts, line up to give their perspective on one timely question. For all episodes of LSE IQ, and to subscribe on iTunes and SoundCloud, please visit or search for 'LSE IQ' in your favourite podcast app, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts .

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