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Theme Panel: Teaching Erosion of Democracy

  Teaching Erosion of Democracy Recent years have witnessed a deluge of commentary warning of imminent threats to democracy in the US, the West, and the world. This, in turn, has provoked a countervailing deluge […]

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Theme Panel: Democratic Backsliding in Southeast Asia

Democratic Backsliding in Southeast Asia The democratic back sliding we now see in the west is not new in Southeast Asia. Manipulated elections, press and assembly controls, greater enforcement of lèse majesté laws, weakening public […]

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Theme Panel: The Effects of Protests in the U.S.

The Effects of Protests in the U.S. The APSA 2018 theme is “Democracy and Its Discontents,” and the past years and months have seen a renewed interest in protests among the general public and the […]

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Theme Panel: Culture and Discontents: New Approaches

Culture and Discontents: New Approaches Recent years have seen a growth in skepticism concerning the legitimacy of democratic institutions. As tensions emerge between liberal justifications of popular rule and the outcomes of democratic procedures, the […]

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Theme Panel: Explicit Appeals to Prejudice in the Trump Era

Explicit Appeals to Prejudice in the Trump Era Explicit appeals to prejudice came to the forefront of American politics in the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign made several incendiary comments about immigrants and […]

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Theme Panel: Dynastic Politics and Democratic Discontent

Dynastic Politics and Democratic Discontent Across democracies, there is an increased awareness of extreme inequalities in both wealth and political power. Inequality of power––at its worst––may result in politicians routinely enacting policies that are opposed […]