Will Democratic Candidates Finally Talk About Democracy Tonight?

Michael Latner, Kendall Science Fellow | December 3, 2019, 4:50 pm EST


Ten Democratic presidential candidates will be onstage tonight for their fifth debate, a little more than two months before the first primary votes are cast. One of the sponsors, The Washington Post, has provided details on six key issue areas and candidate positions that may be addressed during the debate, including “government” and “climate change.” Unfortunately there is little indication that there will be any questions about how “government” affects “climate change” and how strengthening democracy will enable us to find better solutions to climate change. That’s a conversation that can expand public interest in and understanding of the link between our democratic institutions and our ability to solve big problems.

Michael Latner
Professor of Political Science

My research interests include voting rights, electoral system design, and representation.