Recent global and national events—including the Covid-19 pandemic and mass antiracist protests in the wake of the highly publicized police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery—have deepened what was already a looming crisis for American democracy. The American Democracy Collaborative is a group of scholars of American political development and comparative politics who have come together to examine the state of democracy in the United States today. We aim to integrate insights from previous crises in American political history with understanding of the conditions that have threatened democracies around the world, and to foster discussion and writing around these topics and to provide analysis and commentary that is useful for fellow scholars, teachers, journalists, and citizens.
The Democracy 20/20 Webinar series will bring together colleagues who can put contemporary events in historical and comparative perspective in order to promote deeper understanding of the challenges that these unsettling times pose for American democracy. The series will go beyond the day-to-day rush of events and convene conversations that will help us understand the broader context of our times and help advance the search for constructive answers to our society’s most urgent questions.
Beginning in June 2020 with a webinar on Protest and Democracy, the series will continue regularly through the 2020 election and will consider topics such as:
- Can the United States Have Free and Fair Elections This Fall?
- Already Authoritarian? Policing and the Use of Force
- Evaluating the Health of Checks and Balances
- Polarization, Political Parties, and the Health of Democracy
- Whither the “Deep State”? Administration, Expertise, and Democracy
The stakes for American democracy have never been higher, so please join us for these critical conversations.