Bruce E. Cain
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If It's Broke...
Our Peculiar Reform Challenge

An introduction to the oddities and limits of institutional political reform in the United States.

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If It's Broke...
The Transparency Paradox

Contrary to the naive sirens of maximum democracy, greater transparency is as much a problem for good governance as it is a solution.

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Political Development
Populist Illusions and Pluralist Realities

Efforts at reform that maximize democratic access fail to acknowledge the limits of citizen capacity and interest.

Califormula for Dysfunction

Gimmicks can’t mask basic political disagreement; they only make things worse.

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