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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. What Makes a Fascist?
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    What Makes a Fascist?

    Nov 7, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller explains the defining hallmarks of an otherwise shape-shifting political belief system.

  2. Why Populists Don’t Concede
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    Why Populists Don’t Concede

    Sep 28, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller explains the political logic of fraudulently crying “fraud” in response to an electoral loss.

  3. The Treason of the Conservatives
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    The Treason of the Conservatives

    Apr 13, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller explains why fans of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have little problem with autocracy and theft.

  4. Let Them Eat Respect?
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    Let Them Eat Respect?

    Feb 10, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller refutes the argument that center-left parties must win back voters from the far right.

  5. January 6 and the Possessive White Male
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    January 6 and the Possessive White Male

    Jan 6, 2022 Jan-Werner Mueller sees in the insurrectionists’ mindset and behavior resentment over the loss of illegitimate privilege.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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