Are democracies in peril? The Harvard Kennedy School started the fall 2017 semester with this question and as we enter January the answer still seems elusive. In the past couple of months we've watched Kenya's roller coaster elections, the transformation of Turkish politics and civil society, protests in Venezuela, continued support for populist parties across the globe, and more. Pundits prophetize both a better future and the deterioration and destruction of democracy.
So, what's going to happen in the new year? We asked some of the Ash Center's democracy experts to share their thoughts.
The growing wave of women and individuals from underrepresented communities will lead to exciting races across the country at every level of government. Young voters concerned with the future they will inherit are a force to be reckon with.
This energy could very much cause the political pendulum to swing at the national and state levels and introduce yet another interesting dynamic to our democracy and policy priorities.
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