What If Liberal Democracy Can’t Resolve Today’s Political Standoffs?

Planes from the Battle of Britain memorial flight pass over Arromanches, France, during a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, June 6, 2019 (Press Association photo by Gareth Fuller via AP Images).
Planes from the Battle of Britain memorial flight pass over Arromanches, France, during a service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, June 6, 2019 (Press Association photo by Gareth Fuller via AP Images).

Can the norms and institutions of liberal democracy still effectively arbitrate the issues driving debate in Western democracies? The ideological movements roiling politics throughout Europe and the United States have been seen as a popular backlash against the elite technocratic policy consensus of Third Way globalization. But in some ways, they portend a new form of contesting politics that is fundamentally incompatible with the premises on which liberal democracy is based. These movements may be working within the system to achieve their aims for now, but in the long run, the battles they seek to join could represent existential threats […]

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