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What accounts for the backslide, and how can it be reversed?

Analysts who study governance around the world have been warning for years that democracy is in decline, both in quality and quantity. Fewer countries can legitimately claim to be democracies. Among those that can, many are less democratic than they were just a few years ago. 

This week on Global Reboot, Foreign Policy’s editor in chief, Ravi Agrawal, discusses the issue with Hélène Landemore, a political scientist at Yale University. Landemore has written widely about the crisis plaguing representative democracy, including in the pages of Foreign Policy. She argues for a more direct form of governance where average citizens are involved in decision-making at all levels. 

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About Global Reboot:  Global Reboot explores how to rebuild a world upended by disruptive international events. FPs editor in chief Ravi Agrawal engages with world leaders and policy experts to identify solutions to our greatest challenges. Global Reboot is a FP Partner Podcast with the Doha Forum.  See All Episodes

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