One of the greatest threats to democracy is the idea that it is unassailable.

At a time of potential danger to American demo­c­ra­t­ic norms and insti­tu­tions, it is more urgent than ever for scholars to highlight the risks to our system of gov­ern­ment. In this spirit, Bright Line Watch brings together a group of political sci­en­tists to monitor demo­c­ra­t­ic practices, their resilience, and potential threats.

Bright Line Watch Updates

The threat of impeach­ment can push pres­i­dents out the door. But there’s a catch.
By John M. Carey, Javier Corrales, Mariana Llanos, Leiv Marsteintredet and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán
The Washington Post, 04/11/18

Searching for a Bright Line: The First Year of the Trump Presidency
by John Carey, Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, Mitchell Sanders, and Susan Stokes, 03/15/18

Trump’s Tool Kit Does Not Include the Constitution

by Thomas B. Edsall
The New York Times, 02/08/18

Bright Line Watch Survey Report: Wave 4
by John Carey, Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, and Susan Stokes, 02/08/18

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