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How To Save A Constitutional Democracy

Today Chicago joins many local suburbs in choosing from the winners of runoff elections for mayor, city council and other offices.


In the U.S., the electoral system is distorted by gerrymandering, campaign finance issues and voter suppression. President Donald Trump and other populist politicians have repeatedly threatened and attacked U.S. institutions like the courts, the press and the civil service. These attacks are supported by right-wing media, pundits and citizens. Democratic countries, including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Philippines, Turkey and Venezuela have seen their democracies deteriorate at the hands of populist leaders and movements. To discuss, we’re joined by constitutional scholars Tom Ginsberg and Aziz Huq of the University of Chicago. They’ve assessed what can be done to preserve the system of checks and balances in their new book, How to Save A Constitutional Democracy. Ginsburg is professor of political science and international law, and Huq is a professor of law.

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