Two years ago, I argued in these pages that America was suffering from political decay. The country’s constitutional system of checks and balances, combined with partisan polarization and the rise of well-financed interest groups, had combined to yield what I labeled “vetocracy,” a situation in which it was easier to stop government from doing things than it was to use government to promote the common good.
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The creation of the U.S. Forest Service at the turn of the twentieth century was the premier example of American state building during the Progressive Era.
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Stagnating wages and growing inequality will soon threaten the stability of contemporary liberal democracies and dethrone democratic ideology as it is now understood. What is needed is a new populist ideology that offers a realistic path to healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies.
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Nancy Birdsall and Francis Fukuyama discuss their recent Foreign Affairs article “The Post-Washington Consensus: Development After the Crisis” with students, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
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The American version of capitalism is no longer dominant around the world.
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Francis Fukuyama, the director of the Johns Hopkins International Development Program, reviews two books on the faulty management of foreign aid to Africa.
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This piece argues that democracy promotion remains worthwhile as a moral and strategic choice for the United States but that "democracy promotion should be placed in a broader context of promoting economic development, reducing poverty, and furthering good governance."
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Francis Fukuyama and Michael McFaul argue that U.S. should continue to promote democracy around the world in this paper for the Stanley Foundation Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide project.
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