Functional political debates, like healthy democracies, require participants who respect the process and follow mutually agreed-upon rules.
Three new approaches in the field of competitive academic debate offer ideas that could help presidential debates serve both their public purposes.
Debates may help voters identify which candidate shares their views but they do not help them think critically about those views. That's because presidential debates don't live up to their name.
The creation of a new debate commission in Canada should ensure televised showdowns between party leaders amid federal election campaigns are transparent and a boon to democracy.