Drew Holland Kinney Tunisia’s anti-establishment president Kais Saied’s victory was a major signal that democracy is alive and […]
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Harris A. Samad We hear about financial bailouts in developing countries from the IMF on a regular basis; […]
Riaz Akbar The global yearning for peace and progress in the aftermath of the destructive World War I […]
Jennifer Raymond Dresden, Ph.D. The hand-wringing over Brexit continues apace. With reports of preparatory stockpiling, previously-secure immigrants scrambling […]
Joshua Espinosa Since the end of World War II, the United States has sought to remake the international […]
Photo: President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, AZ. Source: Gage Skidmore
By Avram Reisman
On Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to address the “national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.” Presidents have declared national emergencies over 50 times since the National Emergencies Act was signed into law in 1976, and Trump has already implemented three, but a national emergency has never been used to override the Congressional power of the purse.
By Avram Reisman Recently, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib faced a barrage of criticism from pundits and the media for […]
By Georges A. Fauriol
The past decade has convincingly brought to a close a period of global democratic growth and consolidation underway since the late 1970s – Samuel Huntington’s “third wave.” We have instead now witnessed twelve years of democratic decline. This is fueled by the resurgence of expansionist authoritarianism armed with a vision strategically eager to compete with the norms and institutions of democracy; worse, there is also a measurable decline by established democracies in their commitment to democratic governing principles – in the aggregate, this is Larry Diamond’s “democratic recession.”
Photo: Ilhan Omar, MN-05 Representative-Elect. (Photo credit: Lorie Shaull)
By Democracy & Society Editors
The Democratic party performed about as well as expected in the midterm elections, perhaps restoring confidence to the electoral prediction industry. Though the success of the Democratic party in the House of Representatives can be taken as a sign that Americans are rejecting some of the more authoritarian aspects of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, the conduct of candidates’ during the campaign and after the election should leave (small-d) democrats pessimistic. The Democratic party’s new majority in the House will place a check on President Donald Trump’s power, but the 2018 midterms served to highlight the profound problems of American democracy.