As part of Stanford Worldview's Wide Angle: Election 2016 Project, Nate Persily of Stanford Law School recently described how the 2016 election highlights changing trends in polarization and gridlock in the United States, particularly the role of campaign finance and digital technolog
Scholars with the American Democracy in Comparative Perspective Program at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law published a series of articles in the latest edition of the “The American Interest,” on the current challenges facing American democracy.
While John Boehner was able to avoid a government shutdown this month, his successor as Speaker of the House will face another potential shutdown in December over budgetary matters. The politics of Congressional budgeting are unique among advanced democracies, since most countries insulate their budgetary procedures from partisan politics.
The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law has long explored problems of partisan polarization, voter discontent, and inequality in the context of American governance.
In a recent article in The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues that third-party candidate participation in presidential debates is an essential next-step for democracy in the U.S. Citing numerous challenges facing independents in the country, Diamond believes reform of current debate regulation is necessary to "renew the vigor and promise of democracy" in America.