How to Rule the Void? Policy Responses to a ‘Hollowing Out’ of Democracy

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This special issue of Global Policy shows that recent developments in a number of European member states, but also in the US, have given rise to serious concerns about the current state of democracy generally. The erosion of trust in government and in established parties, the rise of (nationalist) populist movements and parties, lower voter turnout, and new forms of political engagement, the empowerment of executive branches – all these factors pose growing challenges to the future prospects of democracy.