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  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies

    Robert Mickey, Steven Levitsky, Lucas Way, "Is America Still Safe for Democracy?"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 31 May 2017

    The three political scientists explain why the US is in danger of democratic backsliding that could happen through a series of little-noticed, incremental steps, most of which are legal and appear innocuous. They argue that the Trump presidency could push the country into a mild form of what they call “competitive authoritarianism”—a system in which meaningful democratic institutions exist yet the government abuses state power to disadvantage its opponents (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2017


  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies

    Carol Cadwalladr, "The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked"

    The Guardian - 7 May 2017

    This article reads like a thrilling detective story, exposing how a shadowy global operation that involved the capabilities of artificial intelligence, some billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign succeeded in influencing the result of the EU referendum. This article begs the question as to whether the electoral process remains fit for purpose if it can so easily be skewed (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2017


  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies

    Thomas Carothers and Richard Youngs, "Democracy Is Not Dying"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 11 Apr 2017

    The two think-tankers exhort us to see through the doom and gloom. They agree that democracy is losing its global momentum, but they also think that too many analysts oversimplify negative trends and overlook positive developments. They offer a more nuanced perspective that “might not dispel the gloom, but may help prevent a lapse into disabling pessimism” (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 April 2017


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