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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fields questions from reporters in Dover, New Hampshire. Brian Snyder/Reuters

When covering elections, journalists face a debilitating dilemma

A partisan media landscape has made it almost impossible for journalists to avoid charges of bias when calling out a candidate's dishonesty.

Are Elections Ruining Democracy?

The Flemish historian and writer David Van Reybrouck has recently triggered a minor sensation in the Low Countries by insisting that Western democracies are suffering so much election fatigue (electoral…
Riot police detain a supporter of Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda’s leading opposition party, as they break up a campaign procession. Reuters/James Akena

Heavy-handed police tactics raise concerns about democracy in Uganda

The heavy-handed tactics used by Uganda's authorities during the 2016 elections have raised questions about a return to an oppressive past.
Opposing a candidate is more confidence-building, and action-driving, than supporting one. Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Voters who oppose politicians are the most active

Opposition inspires more confidence in one's position than support and also helps to turn judgments into actions. This helps explain why attack ads are a crucial tool in politicians' arsenals.

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