Emilee Booth Chapman Has Ideas About Voting with Profound Implications

Emilee Booth Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Her most recent book is Election Day: How We Vote and What It Means for Democracy.   Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. There is this idea on the one hand of this mass collective participation, but on... Continue Reading →

Lisa Disch on Representation, Constituencies, and Political Leadership

  Lisa Disch is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan and an elected member of the Ann Arbor City Council. She is the author of the book Making Constituencies: Representation as Mobilization in Mass Democracy.   Become a Patron! The tension in what we want from democratic representation is that we... Continue Reading →

Is Representation Democratic?

Become a Patron! Representation and Democracy Perhaps the most widely cited book on democracy is Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition by Robert Dahl. Despite its widespread influence in the literature on democracy, very few writers refer to polyarchy. Instead, it’s become replaced with the more common term liberal democracy. Of course, I’m aware some find a... Continue Reading →

Bilal Baloch on Indira Gandhi, India’s Emergency, and the Importance of Ideas in Politics

Bilal Baloch is the Co-Founder and COO of Enquire, formerly GlobalWonks. He is also a non-resident visiting scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of When Ideas Matter: Democracy and Corruption in India.   We have core ideas that form a part of our worldview, but... Continue Reading →

Zeynep Pamuk on the Role of Science and Expertise in a Democracy

  Zeynep Pamuk is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego and the author of the book Politics and Expertise: How to Use Science in a Democratic Society.   Science is never offering the whole truth. It may be offering us something accurate. Scientific findings may be reliable for... Continue Reading →

Does Liberalism Unfold Democracy or Constrain it?

Liberalism and Democracy have a long history. Most theorists now refer to liberal democracy as a more complete form of democracy, but the role of liberalism is rarely clarified. Is it a counterweight to democracy or its cornerstone? This is the eight part of the Democracy Paradox, a comprehensive theory of democracy. Liberalism and Democracy... Continue Reading →

The Agnosticism of Political Institutions

Too often theorists describe political institutions as though they are inherently democratic or authoritarian. In truth institutions have a political ambivalence toward normative values. Institutions do not define political regimes, rather they adapt to them. This is the fifth section of my description of democracy and part of a larger comprehensive work called The Democracy Paradox. ... Continue Reading →

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: