RDI Newsletter Podcast

Do the Parties Represent the People?

July 29, 2021

Narration: Executive Director Uriel Epshtein

Here's what you need to know about democracy this week

  • Do the parties represent the people?

Ballot initiatives in red and blue states alike have led to results which have surprised and annoyed the majority party. Lately, Republican-led states have been passing legislation to make these processes more arduous, and thus less likely to contradict their interests. But what does it mean that measures put up to a popular vote often run counter to the interests of the party running the state government?

  • Why is democracy failing in Tunisia?

This past Sunday, the president of Tunisia suspended parliament, enacted emergency powers, and removed the prime minister from his post. As the only success story of the Arab Spring, why is Tunisia’s democracy failing now, and what could have been done to prevent it?

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