Criticism of democracy has become fashionable nowadays. In some OECD countries, citizens feel badly represented, nationalist populists are elected to government offices, and social polarization is growing. At the same time, great powers such as China and Russia undermine the legitimacy of democratic values and norms in global politics. In view of the problems of representation in the cradle of democracy, politicians in Europe and North America are no longer promoting democracy. Rather, it has developed into a good tone to strictly reject the autocratic model à la China. It seems clear what democrats do not want. However, there is still a lack of clear commitment to democracy on the part of the public and politicians. The questions as to why it is worth standing up for democracy and supporting it internationally also remain open.
This special provides answers to these questions. We compile findings from democratization research and policy advice of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and its partners in the global South and North. On these pages you will find studies and policy recommendations on the value of democracy, the democratic dividend and the motivation and effects of international democracy promotion.