A Tale of Two (Moral) Matrices

This post is the last in our Summer Reading Group series discussing recent books on the current state of American democracy.   Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. New York, NY: Random House Inc., 2012. By Sundar Ramanujam is a 2017 graduate of the M.A. program in Democracy […]

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When Corporations Adopt Development Solutions: A Case Study from Peru

By Manuel Ayulo, Master’s Candidate of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University. Why the Corporate Sector? Corporate investment in global development activities has steadily increased for over a decade. According to a study in 2014, most development experts expect corporate global development to triple by 2025 while bilateral aid shrinks by 30 percent.[i] […]

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Wrapping up the summer reading group

By Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Associate Director of the Democracy & Governance Program We’re turning now to our final installation of the summer book club, focusing more directly on the polarization and partisanship that has increasingly come to define political life in the United States.  Rather than cruise through the usual tomes of political finger-pointing, though, […]

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Democratic deconsolidation: Scientific debate or “alarmism”?

By Matteo Laruffa, PhD candidate LUISS University “Crisis of democracy”, “democracies in crisis”, “demise of democracy”, or even “democratic deconsolidation” – these phrases, along with many others, have become the focal points of countless political debates from political tabloids to the highest degree of academia. This shows that the issue is once again in vogue. […]

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Keep Reading with Us!  Summer Reading Group, Part II

By Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Associate Director of the Democracy & Governance Program Richard V. Reeves.  Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That’s a Problem, and What to Do About It.  Brookings Institution Press. 2017 Our second installation of the Democracy and Governance Summer Reading Group […]

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Cracks in American Democracy

By Evan Chiacchiaro, Master’s Candidate of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University Political science suggests that the American political system may be approaching a crisis point. It’s time to pay attention. It has been over 150 years since we as Americans have had to confront a true internal existential threat to the stability […]

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Read with Us This Summer

By Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Associate Director of the Democracy & Governance Program While classes are out for the summer and many of our students are excelling in internships around the world and contributing to research projects a bit closer to home, we here at the Democracy & Governance Program are still firing on all cylinders. […]

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Trump’s Calamitous Military-Only Strategy in Yemen

By Kate Kizer, second year student of the Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University and director of policy and advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project The Trump administration’s Yemen policy during his first 100 days has worsened an already calamitous status quo. Given the precedents set by his predecessors, in which U.S. involvement was dominated by counterterrorism interests […]

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