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


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

Wave 8 Survey Report
by Bright Line Watch, 05/09/19

Trump sup­port­ers and opponents are increas­ing­ly divided on whether con­sti­tu­tion­al prin­ci­ples are under threat
by Bright Line Watch
The Washington Post, 03/12/19

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William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Democracy Fund

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