Relevant Reading:“Our Peculiar Reform Challenge”
Bruce E. Cain & Francis FukuyamaPolitical Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
Good evening, listeners! We have a special treat for you this week as host Richard Aldous welcomes Francis Fukuyama back to the podcast.Francis Fukuyama, chairman of The American Interest editorial board and senior fellow at and director of Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, returns to the show to discuss the need for reforming America’s political institutions. He discusses how a polarized political climate essentially takes constitutional reform off the table, and identifies that polarization as perhaps the key reform challenge, looking to history to point out that for much of the 20th century political parties were able to work together. He examines what role an independent bureaucracy might play in addressing these problems, and what part the media assumes as well.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow Francis Fukuyama @FukuyamaFrancis and our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.