Category: Democratic institutions

Democratic resilience demands tackling disinformation

     

  For @NewYorker, I surveyed the world of Russian trolls, disinfo, and active measures: such threats exist, but to “exaggerate their prevalence and potency” risks providing “an overly convenient explanation… Read more »

‘Reliably unreliable’? Foreign policy’s lost generation

     

This century’s international setbacks have led many Americans to question the most basic tenets of modern foreign policy, including the value of alliances, the promotion of democracy, the benefits of… Read more »

Has technology’s democratic promise been irretrievably lost?

     

Has the democratic promise of technology been irretrievably lost? The short answer: not yet. But the new era is marked by struggles on multiple fronts. https://t.co/aXOrILbJwU via @CarnegieEndow — Democracy… Read more »

Kleptopia ’emboldening dictators, poisoning democracies’

     

Tom Burgis’s new book, “Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World,” provides a magisterial account of the money and violence behind the world’s most powerful dictatorships, says Jennifer Taub, a… Read more »

Populism and elitism’s ‘corrosive effect on democratic life’

     

In 1911, Robert Michels (1876-1936), an Italian political sociologist, published “Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy,” postulating the “iron law of oligarchy.” Michels, who… Read more »