Daniel W. Drezner

A small question about the future of democratic capitalism

As I said recently, uncertain times in the global political economy is good for (my) business.  So I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the uncertain future of democratic capitalism [I thought it was free-market democracy–ed.  If you’re skeptical about it, then it’s democratic capitalism; if you’re optimistic, it’s free-market democracy.  And you?–ed.  ...

As I said recently, uncertain times in the global political economy is good for (my) business.  So I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the uncertain future of democratic capitalism [I thought it was free-market democracy–ed.  If you’re skeptical about it, then it’s democratic capitalism; if you’re optimistic, it’s free-market democracy.  And you?–ed.  I’m an academic — I’ll rotate the terms.]  Based on this week’s articles, The New Republic seems to be making the case that free-market democracy has hit its limit.  I’ll have some deeper thoughts about this soon, but consider this an open thread to readers — is this merely a moment of retrenchment for the West’s favorite model of political economy, or is there something deeper going on? 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies. His latest book is The Toddler in Chief. Twitter: @dandrezner

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