Tag American democracy

Why the Past Four Years Might End Up Doing Us More Good than We Think

Zizi Papacharissi— The list is staggering: a president who tweeted incessantly and in polarizing ways; a pandemic the might of which we had not seen for 100 years; civil rights violations unacceptable in a country purporting to be a global democratic leader exposed from a veneer of political correctness by

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The Paradox of Democratic Reforms

Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro— Since the 1960s, powerful movements across the democratic world have pursued reforms meant to bring politics closer to the people. Many political parties have adopted primaries, local caucuses, and other decentralized ways of choosing candidates. Districts have been redrawn to ensure selection of racial

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The New Populism

William A. Galston— Because populism embraces the republican principle of popular sovereignty, it faces the question inherent in this principle: Who are the people? Historically, right-leaning populists have emphasized shared ethnicity and common descent, while left-leaning populists have often defined the people in class terms, excluding those with wealth and

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Mickey Edwards Interviews on The Parties Versus the People

Election season brings, as always, a contentious bout between “sides.” In the American two-party system, this concept is facilely reduced to a contest between Republicans and Democrats, but the oversimplification is revealing of how Americans gain access to the democratic process. If party leaders have created a deadlock of partisan

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Paul Starr on American Health Care Reform

Following his 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Social Transformation of American Medicine, Paul Starr has written a new in-depth account of the developing health care reforms since, with an insider’s perspective from his days as senior advisor to President Clinton on health care policy. The book, Remedy and Reaction: The

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Show Notes for Episode 4, “America”

Posted by Chris Gondek, Producer/Host of the Yale Press Podcast Episode 4 turned out to be a theme show, and I say turned out because I don’t believe there was a conscious choice to pick a series of books built around a theme. Although the episode has been titled “America”,

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Does American Democracy Still Work?

With the midterm congressional races heating up and November 7 right around the corner, we are once again privileged witnesses of American democracy in action…or, as Alan Wolfe sees it, American democracy inaction. In his new book, Does American Democracy Still Work?, Wolfe identifies the current political conditions that have

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