The Undemocratic Dilemma

Article
April 2018

The ability of liberal democracies around the world to translate popular views into public policy has been declining. Yet there is no easy way to overcome this trend without weakening the capacity of governments to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the coming decades.

The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Article
April 2018

Across the West, economic, demographic, and cultural shifts have spurred the rise of populists who embrace majoritarianism and popular sovereignty while showing little commitment to constitutionalism and individual liberty. 

Exchange: How to Tell Nativists from Populists

Article
January 2018

Contra Ben Margulies, one can clearly mark the boundaries that separate antidemocrats from democrats (nativists included), and nativists from populists. 

Exchange: Nativists Are Populists, Not Liberals

Article
January 2018

Takis Pappas argues that certain nativist parties of the populist right should be counted as liberal-democratic. This is a mistake; these parties
do not truly merit that name.

Eroding Norms and Democratic Deconsolidation

Article
October 2017

“Democratic deconsolidation” on the level of attitudes and beliefs is real, and behind it lies a disturbing rise in tolerance for antisocial behavior, especially among the young. 

The 2016 U.S. Election: Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

Article
April 2017

Traditional intermediary institutions such as parties and the legacy media are not what they once were, and they are not coming back. What are the implications of new social media and digital-campaign techniques?

The 2016 U.S. Election: The Populist Moment

Article
April 2017

Rising populism in the U.S. and beyond is calling into question the liberal-democratic bargain that has defined the postwar era. What led to Americans’ present revolt against elites, and what are its implications?

Two Traditions of Liberalism

Article
January 2017

A review of The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe by João Carlos Espada.

Violence Against Women in Politics

Article
January 2017

The use of force and intimidation against women trying to take part in politics is a growing problem in many places. Such violence assumes a number of different forms, but all aim to keep women as women out of public life.

Britain After Brexit: A Transformed Political Landscape

Article
January 2017

The British party system is being fundamentally reshaped by the consequences of the British decision to leave the EU, which also threatens to reduce Britain’s influence on the rest of the world.

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