Are democracies failing? Academic Dean Archon Fung talks about the importance of preserving democracy.

IOP youth poll finds a surge among young Americans who intend to vote in mid-terms

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by the Institute of Politics finds a marked increase in the number of young Americans who indicate that they will “definitely be voting” in the upcoming midterm Congressional elections. Overall, 37 percent of Americans under 30 indicates that they will “definitely be voting,” compared to 23 percent who said the same in 2014, and 31 percent in 2010, the year of the last “wave” election.

Venezuela: A Cautionary Tale?

There are surprisingly few examples of established democracies that have let their democratic institutions slip away, but Venezuela is considered a prime example. Francisco Marquez Lara MPP 2012 became part of the story when authorities found a small stack of political flyers under the seat of his car in 2016. For this offense, he was arrested and held as a political prisoner for four months.

 

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Archon Fung

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Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government
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124 Mount Auburn St. 200N-238
617-495-9846
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Pippa Norris

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Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics
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79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 110
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Leah Wright Rigueur

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
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79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 454
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