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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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. When Election Losers Pretend to Be Winners
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    When Election Losers Pretend to Be Winners

    Dec 13, 2023 Jan-Werner Mueller warns that outgoing governments, like that in Poland, are adopting subtler means to avoid handing over power.

  5. Mainstreaming the Far Right
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    Mainstreaming the Far Right

    Oct 20, 2023 Jan-Werner Mueller debunks the conventional wisdom about a bottom-up “populist wave” sweeping Western democracies.

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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.

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