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Democracy Paradox

Justin Kempf

The Democracy Paradox explores the diverse range of perspectives and insights about democracy through an interview format. Every week new scholars are invited to share their breakthrough research or bold ideas about politics, economics, and society. Most interviews are stand alone episodes, but some are tied together like the three episode arc "Resistance, Revolution, Democracy" which explored the concept of civil resistance and revolution to produce democracies. These three interviews featured Erica Chenoweth, George Lawson, and Johnathan Pinckney. Listeners can also visit to read weekly reviews on classic works of politics, international relations, and philosophy. Democracy is a complex and nuanced concept. It challenges our preconceptions. Take the time to explore the Democracy Paradox.

Recent Episodes

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 Daniel Carpenter Revisits the Petition in 19th Century AmericaJune 08, 2021 Episode artwork Sebastian Strangio Explains the Relationship Between China and Southeast AsiaJune 01, 2021 Episode artwork Can America Preserve Democracy without Retreating from it? Robert C. Lieberman on the Four ThreatsMay 25, 2021 Episode artwork Kurt Weyland Distinguishes Between Fascism and AuthoritarianismMay 18, 2021 Episode artwork James Loxton Explains Why Authoritarian Successor Parties Succeed in DemocraciesMay 11, 2021 Episode artwork Derek W. Black Says Public Education Represents the Idea of America... Not its RealityMay 04, 2021 Episode artwork Sheryl WuDunn Paints a Picture of Poverty in America and Offers Hope for SolutionsApril 27, 2021 Episode artwork Mike Hoffman on How Religious Identities Influence Support for or Opposition to DemocracyApril 20, 2021 Episode artwork Shari Davis Elevates Participatory BudgetingApril 13, 2021 Episode artwork Chris Bickerton Defines TechnopopulismApril 06, 2021 Episode artwork Ross Benes on Nebraska and Rural ConservatismMarch 30, 2021 Episode artwork Chad Alan Goldberg on the Wisconsin Idea and the Role of the Public University in a DemocracyMarch 23, 2021 Episode artwork Elizabeth Nugent on Polarization, Democratization and the Arab SpringMarch 16, 2021 Episode artwork Ryan Salzman is an Evangelist for PlacemakingMarch 09, 2021 Episode artwork Kajri Jain Believes Democracy Unfolds through the AestheticMarch 02, 2021 Episode artwork Nic Cheeseman and Gabrielle Lynch on the Moral Economy of Elections in AfricaFebruary 23, 2021 Episode artwork Thomas Carothers and Andrew O'Donohue are Worried About Severe PolarizationFebruary 16, 2021 Episode artwork Can Democracy Survive the Internet? Nate Persily and Josh Tucker on Social Media and DemocracyFebruary 09, 2021 Episode artwork