Rebuilding a Resilient Democracy in the United States: The Challenges for the Biden Administration

von Dr. Karin L. Johnston
Karin L. Johnston is a lecturer at the School of International Service at American University and the University of Maryland. We asked her to analyze the causes of political division in the U.S. and the challenges for the Biden administration to overcome them. The author states: "The past several months has been one of the most tumultuous periods surrounding the election of a U.S. president in American history."

"There have been other times of political division and dramatic events, but it is hard to envision a time when the fear for the future of American democracy was as great as during the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021", Karin L. Johnston writes in her executive summary.

“The purpose of this report is to understand the structural and social dynamics that contributed to Trump’s rise to power to present a framework for understanding the challenges that President Joe Biden will face in repairing and rebuilding a resilient U.S. democratic system of government", writes the author.

The views, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this report are solely those of its author and do not reflect the views of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, or its employees.


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