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

Supreme Court brinkman­ship, ‘anarchist’ cities are latest stops on road to autocracy
by Washington Post feat. Bright Line Watch, 09/25/20

Can democracy survive the rise of misinformation?
by News Literacy Project feat. Bright Line Watch, 09/16/20

How will Americans respond when there’s another split between the electoral college and the popular vote?
by Bright Line Watch, 09/08/20

Democracy in the COVID-19 era: Bright Line Watch August 2020 expert survey
by Bright Line Watch, 09/01/20

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