Some Comparative Politics

A brief video that puts the US in broader context.

Yes, it is a brief video with a limited number of cases, but it is still pretty damning.

We need significant reform of our processes (i.e., how we vote, count votes, and oversee voting).

One thing for sure: we are not the envy of the world as an exemplar of democracy, despite our self-image.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2020, US Politics, World Politics
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. Sleeping Dog says:

    We need significant reform of our processes (i.e., how we vote, count votes, and oversee voting).

    Yup.

    On thing for sure: we are the envy of the world as a exemplar of democracy, despite our self-image.

    Are you being facetious?

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  2. @Sleeping Dog: Nope. Left out “not” and committed two other typos.

    🙂

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  3. mattbernius says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    Are you being facetious?

    Looks like Steven might have initially missed a “not” in there. I swear that 2020 is the year of the typo (to that point, I literally had to just correct this sentence because I left the final 0 off of 2020).

    I suspect this is due to the high level of background cognative noise most of us are dealing with.

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  4. Sleeping Dog says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    Chalk it up to wishful thinking. In a better world we would be admired.

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  5. Scott says:

    We need significant reform of our processes (i.e., how we vote, count votes, and oversee voting).

    I know there are a lot of problems to tackle but, if I were in charge, this would be at the top of the list. Just the fact that people in different parts of the country face different voting processes is wrong. The fact that votes can be tossed based on something as subjective as signature matching is wrong. The fact that perfectly cast votes can be tossed on technicalities is wrong. The fact that people have to jump through hoops to register and jump through hoops to vote is wrong.

    The fact that there are large segments of the population that think the above is OK is what is significantly wrong with this country.

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  6. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Yes! They understand the system. Perfectly. Particularly the woman from, I would guess, Brazil–it is like that we want to stop people from voting. She gets it!

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  7. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Sleeping Dog: No. The world is fine. It’s America that needs to be better if it wants to be admired.

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  8. J. Foobar says:

    @Scott:

    100%. If the Democrats can win back the WH and the Senate, voting reform needs to be the #2 priority right after fighting the pandemic. There is a strong possibility that there will be a setback in Congress in the 2022 midterms so they need to prioritize this.

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