Journal of Democracy 30th Anniversary Recap

Journal of Democracy 30th Anniversary Recap


♪♪♪ The Journal has soared
to the top of the readership list of Johns
Hopkins online journals and Project Muse
and is now a staple nationally and
internationally in college courses on
democracy. The result of all of this has
been a journal that I believe is quite distinctive
in its equal commitments on the one hand to the values
and ideals of freedom and democracy, and on
the other hand to forceful, empirical,
and unvarnished analysis of the
challenges and travails of both democratic and
authoritarian regimes. What we sought to do
was to have a publication that
would unite democrats from different parts of
the world and also help to bring together
the activists on the ground with
scholars who were beginning to pay
more attention to issues of democracy. I was actually Larry’s
undergraduate student in 1990, and
was present when the first Journal of Democracy
issue came off the presses. He showed it to me, and
I was impressed then, and I’m impressed now. When we first met, the Journal
was still young and not very well known. Twenty years later,
the JOD has become a prestigious
journal available in major universities
around the world. You and Larry Diamond
have succeeded in making this journal
very special. It has become an indispensable
reference both for scholars and
activists concerned with the promotion
of liberal democracy. I want to thank Marc
and Larry for just turning the Journal into
such a stellar publication, which has become a valuable resource for college
professors. When I was an undergrad and
a grad student not that many years ago,
the Journal of Democracy articles were my favorite
ones to read. Now that I’m teaching,
I was just going through my syllabus
for this term, I think easily a third
of the articles I assign are from the
Journal of Democracy. And on a personal note
of gratitude, when I was a graduate student, and went actually
to Steve with a very early
draft of an article and he suggested that
we submit it to the Journal of Democracy. You took a chance on it when
when Rob and I were not known at all and really gave us
a great way of reaching a wider
public with it. And so for all of those
things I’m just deeply, deeply grateful. ♪♪♪

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