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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Social Media and Censorship

The idea that the big internet platforms are not media companies has never really been tenable, and the contradictions in their public protestations of neutrality have become ever more apparent over time.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Teaching Public Policy

Local context is all too often lacking in the prevailing economics-centered approach to public policy education.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
What’s Wrong with Public Policy Education

Most programs train students to become capable policy analysts, but with no understanding of how to implement those policies in the real world.

Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
The Populist Surge

Trumpist populism could easily linger longer than most people readily assume.

Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Political Consequences of the Protestant Reformation, Part III

Modern liberalism’s origins trace not just to Protestant doctrine but also to pragmatic compromise between religious factions.

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Political Consequences of the Protestant Reformation, Part II

Martin Luther and the origins of identity politics.

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Political Consequences of the Protestant Reformation, Part I

Five hundred years on, assessing the impact of the Reformation on the state, identity, and liberalism.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Social Media and Democracy

The internet and the rise of social media has changed the terms of the free speech debate worldwide—but in the U.S. context, the burden of any move towards control of bad information may have to rest on the platforms themselves.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Checks and Balances

The U.S. system of checks and balances has turned back some of President Trump’s worst instincts, but in the long run America’s vetocracy poses other problems.

A Note From Our Chairman
A Relaunch

We first published on September 1, 2005 amidst the crisis triggered by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the controversy over the subsequent war it provoked. We face another such watershed today.

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