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Jan-Werner Mueller

Jan-Werner Mueller

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Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, is the author, most recently, of Democracy Rules (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021; Allen Lane, 2021).

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  1. The Enduring Influence of Europe’s Far Right
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    The Enduring Influence of Europe’s Far Right

    Jun 7, 2024 Jan-Werner Mueller thinks these forces will not unite in the European Parliament but could successfully push their agenda.

  2. The Zombification of Political Parties
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    The Zombification of Political Parties

    Mar 15, 2024 Jan-Werner Mueller argues that Donald Trump’s capture of the GOP’s organizational machinery recalls authoritarian tactics elsewhere.

  3. The Case for Banning Anti-Democratic Candidates
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    The Case for Banning Anti-Democratic Candidates

    Feb 1, 2024 Jan-Werner Mueller explains how, and under what conditions, disqualifying individuals from elections is justified.

  4. Liberalism’s Forever Crisis
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    Liberalism’s Forever Crisis

    Jan 5, 2024 Jan-Werner Mueller argues that some recent critiques misunderstand the liberal project and its objectives.

  5. Is Europe Broken?
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    Is Europe Broken?

    Dec 20, 2023 Jan-Werner Mueller considers the implications of the European Union's latest failure to enforce its rules against Hungary.

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    The Defining Economic Issue of the US Election

    Stephen S. Roach argues that the high price level, not inflation, is weighing on voters ahead of the presidential election.
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    What Does the EU Election Mean for European Climate Policy?

    Laurence Tubiana explains how green campaigners can strengthen their message to appeal to ordinary voters.
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    The Geopolitical Imperative to Upgrade the Dollar

    Jordan Bleicher & Josh Lipsky explain how emerging technologies are facilitating efforts to challenge the greenback’s global dominance.
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    Let the Giggers Fight Inflation

    Todd G. Buchholz criticizes efforts by US regulators to throttle the proliferation of independent contractors.
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    The Putin-Kim Pact Is an Opportunity for the West

    Ana Palacio

    The Russia-North Korea defense pact leaves no doubt about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s determination to overthrow the existing international order. But the agreement could also strain the Kremlin’s relations with China, potentially disrupting Sino-Russian efforts to undermine Western unity.

    urges policymakers to leverage the rogue partnership to drive a wedge between Russia and China.
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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, geopolitical tensions have dominated the global agenda, hindering collective efforts to address climate change. With the world still warming, urgent measures are needed to make investment in sustainable development feasible and affordable for everyone.

    propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.

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