Prof. Jake Grumbach and colleague Prof. Ruth Berins Collier (UC Berkeley) on complex and long-term issues bringing the U.S. to a political crossroad:
"The United States faces a democratic crisis, as we have been told for several years now. But what exactly does this mean? On the anniversary of the January 6 attempted coup, the answer may seem obvious: the crisis is perhaps most dramatically seen in the transformation of the national Republican Party, which has abandoned a policy-making role for one that simply seeks power. To this end, it has become intent on exploiting vulnerable state-level institutions to suppress votes, gerrymander districts, and allow partisan actors to overturn the popular vote."
The authors note changes in our economy with regards to technological disruption and worker organization have eroded the stable democratic participation we had for decades.
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