Democracy Paradox Podcast

The Democracy Paradox podcast brings scholars from political science, sociology, economics, and other disciplines to discuss social and political ideas. The aim is not to debate policy or politics, but to introduce new concepts to listeners so they can understand politics and society better. The host, Justin Kempf, works to create conversations that test our assumptions about democratic governance, while offering hope for the success of democratic ideals. 

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A Podcast About Democracy

Episodes have explored concepts as broad as civil resistance, Russian conservatism, populism, and direct democracy. Guests have ranged from Ivy League professors to former elected officials. Many episodes have featured scholars from around the world including Israel, Greece, and Germany. Episodes regularly integrate big picture concepts with current events and history to make difficult ideas come alive. 

The Democracy Paradox podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and just about anywhere podcasts are found. Please subscribe and leave a review wherever possible. Your support keeps this website and the podcast alive. Below is a list of past episodes.

Season 3

Thomas Carothers and Andrew O’Donohue are Worried About Severe Polarization

Can Democracy Survive the Internet? Nate Persily and Josh Tucker on Social Media and Democracy

Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on the Plutocratic Populism of the Republican Party

Bryn Rosenfeld on Middle Class Support for Dictators in Autocratic Regimes

Zizi Papacharissi Dreams of What Comes After Democracy

Season 2

Winston Mano on Social Media and Politics in Africa… And what America can Learn from Africa about Democracy

Michael Hughes on the History of Democracy in Germany

Lee Drutman Makes the Case for Multiparty Democracy in America

Hélène Landemore on Democracy without Elections

Glenn Tiffert on the Manipulation of Academia by Foreign Governments

Carolyn Hendriks, Selen Ercan and John Boswell on Mending Democracy

Mareike Ohlberg on the Global Influence of the Chinese Communist Party

Xiaoyu Pu on China’s Global Identities

John Ikenberry on Liberal Internationalism

Amy Erica Smith on Politics and Religion in Brazil

Season 1

William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe on the Presidency

Barbara Freese on Corporate Denial

Paul Robinson on Russian Conservatism

John Matsusaka on National Referendums

Donald F. Kettl on Federalism

Jonathan Pinckney on Civil Resistance Transitions

George Lawson on Revolution

Erica Chenoweth on Civil Resistance

Jill Long Thompson on Character in a Democracy

Juliet B. Schor on the Sharing Economy

Agnes Cornell and Svend-Erik Skaaning on the Interwar Period

John Gastil and Katherine Knobloch on Citizen Initiative Review

Yael Tamir on Nationalism

Joshua J. Dyck and Edward L. Lascher, Jr. on Initiative Referendums

William S. Smith on Irving Babbitt

Takis Pappas on Populism and Liberal Democracy

Alexander Cooley and Daniel Nexon on the End of American Hegemony

Luis Cabrera on International Human Rights

Marlene Mauk on Citizen Support for Democracies… and Autocracies

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