Ideas, experiences, and lessons from other countries are not panaceas but, if properly researched, disseminated, and discussed, they can magnify the reform moment in the United States.
The U.S. political system is indeed beset by a high degree of polarization and a low sense of common purpose. Should we blame democracy itself, or should we blame ourselves for the pathologies of our own politics?
With global democracy facing serious doubts about its basic health and longevity, comparative studies of safeguards and threats to democracy are multiplying.
In the face of the decline of democracy in the United States, it is beneficial to look toward other democracies which declined and recovered. This analysis reveals that often recovery takes decades, can remain incomplete, and that it requires the dedication of individuals committed to renewal.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a Rising Democracies Network workshop on polarization.
Global politics are coming to be dominated by identity rather than ideology.
In both the United States and Europe, voters are losing faith in established democratic institutions.
Liberal democracy is in crisis where it was long thought most securely established. In both Western Europe and the United States, polls suggest voters are losing faith in democratic institutions.
The troubling path of post-Cold War history has led to the current state of global democratic crisis.
Creeping politicization of domestic security agencies and the military, driven by extreme polarization, threatens to undermine long-run stability in the United States.