Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Diamond: Four threats to US democracy

Don’t get preoccupied with shutdowns and debt ceilings, says Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer-winning author of books such as Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel.  In a new commentary for Governance, Diamond says that the United States’ fundamental problems are bigger than that.  A collapse in public investment means that the country is losing its competitive advantage.  Economic inequality is threatening our political stability.  And democratic processes are being undermined by restrictive voting laws and the influence of big money.  The United States is still a rich, established democracy, Diamond says.  But “we are squandering our advantages.”  Free access to the commentary.

Written by Governance

January 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

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