Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy across Subfields

  title={Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy across Subfields},
  author={Didi Kuo},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={788 - 800}
  • Didi Kuo
  • Published 1 September 2019
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on Politics
Is America in a period of democratic decline? I argue that there is an urgent need to consider the United States in comparative perspective, and that doing so is necessary to contextualize and understand the quality of American democracy. I describe two approaches to comparing the United States: the first shows how the United States stacks up to other countries, while the second uses the theories and tools of comparative politics to examine relationships between institutions, actors, and… 
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