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Democracy Paradox

Justin Kempf

Is it possible for a democracy to govern undemocratically? Can the people elect an undemocratic leader? Is it possible for democracy to bring about authoritarianism? And if so, what does this say about democracy? ​​My name is Justin Kempf. Every week I talk to the brightest minds on subjects like international relations, political theory, and history to explore the democracy from every conceivable angle. Topics like civil resistance, authoritarian successor parties, and the autocratic middle class challenge our ideas about democracy. Join me as we unravel new topics every week.

Recent Episodes

Joshua Yaffa on Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's RussiaNovember 30, 2021 Episode artwork Zoltan Barany on the Ineffectiveness of the Gulf MilitariesNovember 23, 2021 Episode artwork Amory Gethin on Political Cleavages, Inequality, and Party Systems in 50 DemocraciesNovember 16, 2021 Episode artwork Daniel Brinks on the Politics of Institutional WeaknessNovember 09, 2021 Episode artwork Elizabeth Perry and Grzegorz Ekiert on State-Mobilized MovementsNovember 02, 2021 Episode artwork Susan Rose-Ackerman on the Role of the Executive in Four Different DemocraciesOctober 26, 2021 Episode artwork Tom Ginsburg Shares his Thoughts on Democracy and International LawOctober 19, 2021 Episode artwork Robert Meister Believes Justice is an OptionOctober 12, 2021 Episode artwork Martin Conway Believes "Democracy Owes its Durability Not to its Principles but to its Flexibility." Democracy in Western Europe from 1945 to 1968October 05, 2021 Episode artwork Donald Horowitz on the Formation of Democratic ConstitutionsSeptember 28, 2021 Episode artwork Guillermo Trejo and Sandra Ley on the Political Logic of Criminal Wars in MexicoSeptember 21, 2021 Episode artwork Rana Siu Inboden on China and the International Human Rights RegimeSeptember 14, 2021 Episode artwork Timothy Frye Says Putin is a Weak StrongmanSeptember 07, 2021 Episode artwork Kathryn Stoner on Russia's Economy, Politics, and Foreign PolicyAugust 31, 2021 Episode artwork Karen Greenberg on the War on Terror, Donald Trump, and American DemocracyAugust 24, 2021 Episode artwork Charles Kupchan on America's Tradition of IsolationismAugust 17, 2021 Episode artwork Aldo Madariaga on Neoliberalism, Democratic Deficits, and ChileAugust 10, 2021 Episode artwork Roger Lee Huang on Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the TatmadawAugust 03, 2021 Episode artwork Mallory SoRelle on the Politics of Consumer CreditJuly 27, 2021 Episode artwork David Stasavage on Early Democracy and its DeclineJuly 20, 2021 Episode artwork Christophe Jaffrelot on Narendra Modi and Hindu NationalismJuly 13, 2021 Episode artwork Jan-Werner Müller on Democracy RulesJuly 06, 2021 Episode artwork Dorothy Sue Cobble on the Full Rights FeministsJune 29, 2021 Episode artwork Freedom House: Sarah Repucci Assesses Freedom in the WorldJune 22, 2021 Episode artwork Michael Miller on the Unexpected Paths to DemocratizationJune 15, 2021 Episode artwork