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

Impeachment and the state of U.S. democracy: Bright Line Watch March 2020 survey
by Bright Line Watch, 04/21/20

Democratic trans­gres­sions and con­sti­tu­tion­al hardball: Bright Line Watch October 2019 surveys
by Bright Line Watch, 11/12/19


Who Will Defend Democracy? Evaluating Tradeoffs in
Candidate Support Among Partisan Donors and Voters

by Bright Line Watch, 06/26/19

Democratic values and perceived per­for­mance: Comparing the public with elite donors and local officials
by Bright Line Watch, 06/17/19

Bright Line Watch is grateful for funding from these organizations

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

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