Strengthening Democracy

Strengthening Democracy

Western democracies have witnessed the rapid rise of global and national right-wing movements that are increasingly successful in mobilizing public support and running competitive election campaigns. These fundamentally anti-democratic groups seek not only to spur racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic sentiments, but also to foment widespread mistrust in democratic institutions, including the media, the justice system, and free and fair elections. Frequently, such movements demand a nationalist rewriting of history that ignores the lessons of Germany’s fascist past, of European ethnonationalism, and of the American experience of slavery and genocide. We work with partners across the US and Europe to educate the public about these troubling trends, provide historical and comparative analysis, and buttress democratic leaders, institutions, and policies.

A Transatlantic Perspective on Disinformation

Interview

What are disinformation campaigns? And how do they impact democratic societies? We talked to David Salvo and Bret Schafer, two leading experts in the field, to find out more.

By Jonas Heering

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Confronting the Past and the Present: Student Voices from UVA

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Current UVA students on the violent white supremacist rally last summer and the lasting impact it had on campus. 

By Nicole Johnson
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Democracy, Democratization and Climate Change

Relationships between democracy and more particularly democratization on the one side and climate change and responses to that on the other are underexplored in the two literatures on democratization and climate change. A special issue of the journal DEMOCRATIZATION, with contributions by several Heinrich Böll Foundation authors, explores a variety of facets of this complex and interdependent relationship.

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