If there is a crisis of democracy, look up at leaders rather than down at citizens to find it.
In a polarised US, Sheri Berman writes, the tyranny of unrepresentative minorities represents the main threat to democracy.
Sections of the left which still think of the world in blocs, Sheri Berman writes, are guilty of blocked thinking.
Progressive ideas can prevail in a democracy, Sheri Berman writes—but only if they are pitched in universal terms.
Sheri Berman argues that democracy today faces a more insidious threat than coups d’état—slow strangulation by elected autocrats.
Sheri Berman argues that post-communist left embrace of economic as well as political liberalism allowed populists to target the latter.
Sheri Berman warns that while the threats may seem incremental they pose a real danger—which Europeans should note.
Sheri Berman explores what the Swedish case reveals about strategies to adopt towards right-wing populist parties.
US political dysfunctionality is put down to partisanship and polarisation. But Sheri Berman argues it’s the issue agenda that counts.
Sheri Berman argues that the embourgeoisement of centre-left parties has fostered a crisis of representation, at the heart of democratic dissatisfaction.
Sheri Berman explores how progressives can offer viable solutions and build effective political coalitions to reverse the populist victories since the financial crisis.
A new book turns away from the ‘demand side’ focus of much populism analysis to the ‘supply’ of a plutocratic, ever-more right-wing Republican party.
Sheri Berman urges the American left not to squander the sea-change in public opinion of recent weeks by only preaching to the converted.
The coronavirus crisis may be a natural disaster but, Sheri Berman writes, how governments are responding is a product of their politics.
Sheri Berman sets out the reasoning of the contending camps behind the US Democratic presidential contenders—and their European resonances.
Sheri Berman warns that, however self-evident the crisis of this neoliberal phase of capitalism may appear, it will not automatically collapse.
Economic determinism has appealed, at various times, to some on the left and on the right. Either way it avoids facing the choices politics entails.
The populist right and the social-democratic left may contest for the support of the popular classes but, Sheri Berman argues, it’s not a simple zero-sum game.
In light of the gains by green parties and right-wing populists in the Euro-elections, Sheri Berman explores how the traditionally dominant parties respond to such challenges.
Populists may often thrive with simple narratives. But Sheri Berman warns that simple explanations of populism itself will not pass muster. Understanding the rise of populism is among the most urgent tasks facing social scientists and concerned citizens today. In a rush to understand, many long for simple, straightforward answers. If we want to understand […]
It has become fashionable on the left to suggest that capitalism and democracy are now incompatible. In her latest column, Sheri Berman reviews the contrary case. For most on the left the story of the last decades goes something like this. During the postwar era the ‘primacy of politics’ was the rule: democratic governments, particularly […]