Category: Current Affairs

Regime Cleavages and Democratic Imperfections

I recently published a piece at Politico on America’s emerging regime cleavage. In comparative politics, a central concept in the study of democratic politics is the notion of a “cleavage structure,” which refers to the basic axis of political conflict within a society. Some countries have a class cleavage: upper versus lower class, bourgeoisie versus […]

Democratic Backsliding in Southeast Asia?

Late last week I tweeted a summary evaluation of the state of democracy in Southeast Asia: Any evidence of democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia in the past decade? With the benefit of a bit of historical perspective, not really — Tom Pepinsky (@TomPepinsky) October 11, 2019 Given the global concern with the state of […]