Scholars of democracy around the world have identified several key weaknesses in American democracy, such as an increasingly dysfunctional government and fraying social cohesion, that undermine the regime’s accountability and responsiveness. This volume of The ANNALS focuses on how to provide a practical assessment of the contemporary threats to American democracy, allowing us to think analytically about what brought U.S. democracy to its current state, as well as the prospects for the future.
In this volume, we investigate the following questions: How have long-standing areas of democratic weakness, whether due to institutional arrangements, social polarization, or political processes, made American democracy fragile? Have new developments in recent years further jeopardized or weakened democracy? What might enable democracy to withstand such challenges? How can Americans, despite deep polarization, strengthen and protect democracy? We gather insights on these questions from a diverse and distinguished group of political scientists, including scholars who study the United States and colleagues who study democratic deterioration abroad.
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