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The Good and Bad in Germany's Election

While the composition of Germany’s next government remains unknown, there are already some lessons that can be drawn from the outcome of the federal election. The most important is that mainstream parties can succeed without pandering to populists and attempting to co-opt far-right movements. Jan-Werner Mueller writes in Project Syndicate:

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Back to School
Student Voting 101

Can students register to vote at home if they go to school out-of-state? What if a student studies abroad? How do students get an absentee ballot?

Democracy Docket's new post has you covered!


He's Black and he chats with racists

Daryl Davis is the subject of an opinion piece by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times on June 26, 2021:

I've wondered about persuasion strategies... because I have friends who have their pro-Trump or anti-vaccine biases validated every evening by the Fox News Host Tucker Carlson. So I reached out to on expert at changing minds...


Will the GOP Steal the 2024 Election?

Unless and until the Republican Party recommits itself to playing by democratic rules of the game, American democracy will remain at risk.

The authors of How Democracies Die, Profs Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write in the Atlantic.

Book Recommendations:

Democracy Rules



Jan-Werner Müller

In this short, elegant volume, Jan-Werner Müller explains how democracy is founded on three vital principles: liberty, equality, and also uncertainty. The latter, he argues, is crucial for ensuring democracy's dynamic and creative character. Taking on many of the most difficult political questions we face, this book is a vital rethinking of what democracy is, and how we can reinvent our social contract.

A superb work of democratic theory, passionately argued and elegantly written - Ivan Krastev 

Read the NewYorkTimes review HERE

Why Nations Rise
Narratives and the Path 
to Great Power


Manjari Chatterjee Miller

What are rising powers? Do they challenge the international order? Why do some countries but not others become rising powers? In Why Nations Rise, Manjari Chaterjee Miller answers these questions and shows that some countries rise not just because they develop the military and economic power to do so but because they develop particular narratives about how to become a great power in the style of the great power du jour. An examination of the narratives in historical (the United States, the Netherlands, Meiji Japan) and contemporary (Cold War Japan, post-Cold War China and India) cases, Why Nations Rise shows patterns of active and reticent rising powers and presents lessons for how to understand the rising powers of China and India today.



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