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

Here’s why con­firm­ing Kavanaugh could seriously undermine the Supreme Court’s public standing
by Brendan Nyhan
The Washington Post, 10/05/18

The Trump
What’s normal, what’s not and what matters

by Christopher Ingraham
The Washington Post, 08/02/18

Erosion, polar­iza­tion, and norm violations:
Bright Line Watch
Wave 6 Survey Report

by John Carey, Gretchen Helmke, Brendan Nyhan, and Susan Stokes, 08/01/18

Democracy’s resilience: Is America’s democracy threatened?
The Brookings Institution and
Bright Line Watch
C-SPAN, 05/01/18

Bright Line Watch is grateful for funding from these organizations

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Democracy Fund