"In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia...the pattern is consistent and ominous. Democracy is in retreat." - Freedom House, 2019
Over the past decade, we have seen a steady decline in democracies around the globe. From the instability of newly established democracies in the Global South following a period of decolonization, to the erosion of long-standing democratic systems in the Global North, freedoms are being threatened globally. From Hannah Christensen's Partner or Predator? An Analysis of Burgeoning Sino-African Relations to Kayla Mudaliar's The Creation and Dissolution of Indian Democratic Socialism, Confluence's second volume "The Death of Democracy" explores various interpretations and approaches to this theme and questions the state of democratic institutions, systems and components worldwide.