The new president sworn in last Friday caps one of the most tumultuous presidential election campaigns in our country’s history. Amid allegations of foreign interference, proliferation of “fake news,” gerrymandering, voter restriction laws, government investigations of the candidates and their advisors, and leaked emails, Americans trust in government and the media is at an all-time low.
Yet trust in these institutions and in a free and fair election is a bedrock principle of our democracy. With declining confidence in this system — and its vulnerabilities on harsh display in this last cycle — what is the future of democracy in America?
- Yascha Mounk, lecturer on Government at Harvard University, a Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America, and a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund
- Paul Pierson, the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
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