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From Crisis to Reform: A Call to Strengthen America’s Battered Democracy

This report examines how the ailments afflicting politics and governance in the United States have undercut its resilience in face of rising undemocratic forces around the world. While public frustration with the system can encourage political participation and , it can also lead to apathy or extremism, both of which further harm democratic performance. Addressing racial injustice, money in politics, and partisan polarization is crucial to restoring public faith in US democracy, fortifying it against emerging threats, and enabling it to serve as an attractive model and a source of effective leadership for the world.