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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
Identity and the End of History

History is directional and progressive, and the modernization process points to liberal democracy as its fullest embodiment. But getting there is harder than it seemed back in 1992, and the possibility of institutional decay is ever-present.

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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
The Decline of American Public Administration

After a period of innovation and creativity driven by economists, the field of public administration seems to have lost its way again.

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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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Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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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