When political leaders face a constitutional crisis, like that of Jan. 6, the process of collectively deciding how to respond can be messy, arbitrary, and sometimes change the nature of the system itself.
Trump set a fire with lies, then doused Mike Pence in gasoline.
The flow of corporate money to politicians who voted to overturn the 2020 election is helping fund a continuing attack on our democracy.
Once upon a time social media was going to bring us all together.
Despite little evidence of past fraud, President Jair Bolsonaro has long raised doubts about Brazil’s electoral process. Now the military is expressing similar concerns.
A man of pure narcissistic psychopathy feels no guilt and has no sense of the damage he does.
The speed of policymaking in Canada, and its frequent deadlock in the U.S., may come down to the rules of their political systems.
After a string of Democratic failures on marquee issues, Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to give bipartisan gun talks time is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself.
Viktor Orban’s Hungary has a lot to offer them.
The Republican Party’s strategy to contain populist rebellion didn’t work in Pennsylvania.
The writer discusses what Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” reveals about the fragility of liberal democracy.
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper agreed with an interviewer that President Trump posed “a threat to democracy.” Other former administration officials have expressed similar concerns.
Our perpetual pessimism can be turned into the source of our renewal.
Why Roe v. Wade may be overturned by the very forces of polarization it unleashed.
Yascha Mounk’s new book questions deeply held beliefs about the stability of Western societies.
An upset victory by the right-wing nationalist Marine Le Pen in the presidential election on Sunday could scramble President Biden’s foreign policy.
Republicans are far more energized about the issues of elections and voting, powered by a former president and many base voters who believe the 2020 contest was illegitimate.
He endured Japanese imperial rule, a lost limb in World War II, Chinese martial law and decades in exile to become a leading force for Taiwanese self-determination.
Bret Stephens and Zack Beauchamp debate the biggest challenges threatening liberalism in America and beyond.
Ordinary voters are supposed to punish authoritarians by removing them from office. Intensifying partisanship is threatening that mechanism.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says repressive governments “are growing more brazen” and reaching across borders to target their critics.
How Emmanuel Macron absorbed the poltical views of his opponents
We’re entering the age of red world versus blue world.
What Samuel Huntington foresaw about the current world order.
This is what happens when a leader wants to be the president for life.
Over the long term, centralized power is a recipe for stagnation.
The renowned historian on Putin’s myths, Ukrainian identity and the West’s “politics of inevitability.”
The multinational response shows that liberalism has some life left. But the challenges posed by waning U.S. power and rising authoritarianism remain formidable.
What the Ukrainians have taught us.
Idealism has been a powerful weapon in the resistance against Russia.
Democracy is on the decline worldwide, and Vladimir Putin is a big factor.
The news media calls the French president “Jupiter,” the king of the gods, but he is showing a more human face. Will it soften his image?
Why our era has grown so ugly.
Peaceful protest is a necessary release valve for pandemic fatigue and frustration.
Amanda Litman makes the case for engaging with politics at the local level.
The advent of the disease was the “almost ideal polarizing crisis.”
Roberta Metsola of Malta will succeed David Sassoli, an Italian politician who died last week, at a critical time for the institution.
Democracy is losing.
A raft of repressive legislation shows the prime minister’s true colors.
It’s hard to imagine. But so is democracy’s salvation.
The attack on Congress marked a significant decline in American global power and influence.
The most pervasive and perhaps deepest challenge facing virtually all Western democracies is the political fragmentation of democratic politics.
How should political journalists be approaching their work in these polarized times?
The White House’s Summit for Democracy has drawn harsh criticism of domestic issues and questions about the guest list.
Biden’s democracy summit sells the concept short.
Democracies can find strength in numbers.
For the first series from the Headway initiative, we followed up on forecasts from decades past to ask what the passage of time has revealed.
Two octogenarians have different reactions to an essay, “Living My Life Again.” Also: “Illiberal democracy”; housing in the Bronx; rich vs. poor
Washington-aligned countries backslid at nearly double the rate of non-allies, data shows, complicating long-held assumptions about American influence.
By enabling resistance to lawful taxation, Republicans are undermining democracy.