Democracy & The Pandemic: A new essay series

The Initiative is exploring the implications of the pandemic on democracy through a series of essays. We’ve invited leading scholars, community members and others to begin a conversation, call attention to under-examined issues and looming challenges, draw new connections and offer ideas for a path forward.

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  • The Initiative is exploring the implications of the pandemic on democracy through a series of essays. We’ve invited leading scholars, community members and others to begin a conversation, call attention to under-examined issues and looming challenges, draw new connections and offer ideas for a path forward.

    Read More

In the News

Co-Director Melody Barnes writes about Richmond's Monument Avenue in The Washington Post.

New column by Deliberative Media Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan in The Guardian.

Interim Co-Director for Academic Affairs Andrew Kahrl is quoted.

A Global Contagion and Chronic Threats to Democracy

In recent years, concerns about threats to democracy have often been couched in the form of a metaphor: contagion. Researchers, analysts, and activists have issued dire warnings of the threats posed by fascist, populist, and authoritarian movements spreading, like a disease, throughout the bodies of democratic societies and institutions. Indications of democracy’s vulnerabilities to attack abound.

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