On Democratic Backsliding

January 2016

Old-fashioned military coups and blatant election-day fraud are becoming mercifully rarer these days, but other, subtler forms of democratic regression are a growing problem that demands more attention.

Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy (II): Does Electoral Democracy Boost Economic Equality?

October 2009

The recent global progress of democracy has been accompanied by increasing economic inequality. What are the implications for the quality of democracy and for its ability to endure?

A New Look at Federalism: The Import of Institutions

April 2002

A new research project suggests that federalism enhances the ability of regimes to accommodate territorially based minorities. Federal systems, except when imposed by an outside power, significantly help to preserve the peace.