Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy by Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman

Is the United States in danger that democracy will suffer serious deterioration or “backsliding”? We might assume that it is secure, given the nation’s enduring Constitution – the oldest functioning in the world – and the nation’s progress in becoming more inclusive over time. Yet history reveals that American democracy has been far more fragile than we might think: it has undergone repeated crises, from the earliest days of the republic to the present. Read more.


The Trump Presidency and American Democracy: A Historical and Comparative Analysis” by Robert C. Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, Tom Pepinsky, Ken Roberts, and Rick Valelly.

Published in Perspectives on Politics Volume 17, Issue #2, 2018: 470-79.