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


A Survey Finds That All Americans Favor Democratic Norms Over Politics—Except in the Case of Voting

by Bernard Avishai
The New Yorker, 12/26/18

Party, policy, democracy and candidate choice in U.S. elections
by Bright Line Watch, 11/15/18

Wave 7 Survey Report
by Bright Line Watch, 11/15/18

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

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