Neither Free Nor Fair?
By Political Economy Forum
This new podcast series, “Neither Free Nor Fair?” is produced at the University of Washington and hosted by James Long, Associate Professor of Political Science.
Russia, If You’re Listening with Scott Radnitz
Prof. Scott Radnitz of UW joins James to discuss Russia and Vladimir Putin's influence on elections & democracy at home and abroad; potential hacking in the 2020 election; and the role that conspiracy theories play in post-Soviet politics. Scott is the author of the new book, Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region, as well Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia.
May 20, 2021
Democratic Backsliding in American States: Jake Grumbach
Jake Grumbach, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, joins Morgan and Nicolas to discuss the indicators and causes of American democratic backsliding. Jake is the author of a forthcoming paper entitled “Laboratories of Democratic Backsliding.” Coverage of the article, which details his development of the State Democracy Index utilized to assess subnational institutions and policies, has extended to pieces in The Economist, New York Times, New York Magazine, Vox, and The Washington Post.
May 5, 2021
Our Data, Whose Democracy? with Wong and Weller
Wendy Wong, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto & Nicholas Weller, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC-Riverside join James to discuss datafication, human rights, regulation of big tech, and democracy. Wendy and Nick are the authors of the forthcoming paper "We Haven’t Gone Paperless Yet: Why the Printing Press Can Help Us Understand Data and AI." Wendy is the author of Internal Affairs and Nick is the author of Finding Pathways: Mixed-Method Research for Studying Causal Mechanism. They have written recent pieces on facial recognition and the Capitol Riot, and the role of big tech and regulation of speech.
April 22, 2021
Everyday Politics in Africa: Jeff Paller
Jeff Paller, Assistant Prof. at the University of San Francisco, joins James and Morgan to discuss the daily interactions and informal governance that characterize and inform politics in African democracies. The conversation includes Jeff's insight regarding the influence of shifts in urbanization and demography on regional development and democratization. Jeff is the author of Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa and co-founder of the popular newsletter This Week in Africa.
April 9, 2021
Democracy in Latin America: Michael Albertus
Michael Albertus, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago joins James to discuss politics and democratization in Latin America - including when/how the region gained independence, the importance of land and land reform, property rights, left-wing radicals vs. right-wing reactionaries, drug wars and cartels, and whether democracy is responsible for corruption today. Mike is the author of Property without Rights: Origins and Consequences of the Property Rights Gap, Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy (with Victor Menaldo), and Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform
March 19, 2021
What is Happening in Uganda: Golooba-Mutebi
Ugandan political scientist Frederick Golooba-Mutebi joins James to discuss the recent election in Uganda, historical and contemporary conflict over democracy, President Yoweri Museveni's retail campaign compared to the role of social media and the rise in popularity of the opposition leader Bobi Wine, whether the January vote was rigged and who really won, and what Ugandan democracy teaches us (or not) about democracy globally. Fred ends with a provocative statement on Rwanda, which he promises to explore on a future episode! Fred is recently the author of "The master of institutional multiplicity? The shifting politics of regime survival, state-building and democratization in Museveni’s Uganda.
March 12, 2021
Special Townhall Discussion *Crossover with the Political Economy Forum*
In this special, crossover episode with the Political Economy Forum podcast, Professors Long and Menaldo are having an open, live discussion with Forum affiliates and friends on the Biden Agenda, the state of American democracy, COVID, and social media in politics. This podcast is hosted by Morgan Wack and Nicolas Wittstock and produced by Matthew Dagele.
March 5, 2021
Karen Ferree: Are Voters 'Tribal'?
Karen Ferree, Prof. at UCSD joins James to discuss what it means for voters to be ‘tribal,’ partisanship in the US, racial/ethnic voting in South Africa and Kenya, and the implications of identity to democratic politics. Karen is the author of Framing the Race in South Africa: the Political Origins of Racial Census Elections and “Mixed Records, Complexity, and Ethnic Voting in African Elections” (co-authored with James and Clark Gibson)
February 26, 2021
Jessica Beyer: Online Chatter, Real-world Mayhem
Dr. Jessica Beyer of the University of Washington joins James to discuss online coordination of the Jan. 6th attack, Facebook groups, QAnon, and the ability to "deprogram" followers of online conspiracy theories and far-right extremism. Jessica is the author of the book Expect Us: Online Communities and Political Mobilization.
February 19, 2021
Dan Slater: What’s Happening in Myanmar?
Prof. Dan Slater of Univ. of Michigan discusses with James the ongoing protests, coup, election fraud, and democratization in Myanmar. Dan is author of Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia and a co-editor of Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis.
February 12, 2021
Bryan Finney on Technology and Voting
Bryan Finney, Founder and President of Democracy Live joins James to discuss the role of technology in the voting process and how we might all be voting in the future.
February 5, 2021
Long and Menaldo on Deplatforming and Impeachment
Prof. Victor Menaldo of UW Political Economy Forum discusses with James their recent piece on Section 230 and Trump’s deplatforming in the Seattle Times, and obscure features of the Constitution regarding Impeachment and the upcoming Senate trial.
January 29, 2021
America: So Now What? with Chris Parker
Prof. Chris Parker of the Univ. Washington discusses with James what to expect next from the Biden/Harris administration, the Republican Party, and the future of American democracy.
January 22, 2021
Megan Francis: Why is this Happening?
Prof. Megan Francis of Univ. of Washington & Harvard joins James to explain the Capitol Riot and the 2020 election in historical context; the role of race in contemporary American political life; and the contribution of Black women to the success of the Democratic Party. Megan is the author of the award winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State, and host of the podcast ‘Philanthropy and Social Movements.’ Megan specializes in the study of American politics, with broad interests in criminal punishment, Black political activism, philanthropy, and the post-civil war South.
January 17, 2021
Long and Menaldo: Insurrection, Sedition, Coup -- oh my! *Special Cross-over episode*
Prof. Victor Menaldo of UW Political Economy Forum discusses with James whether the mob that attacked the Capitol is a coup attempt, insurrection, or sedition, the 25th amendment, and future prosecutions. James and Victor also discuss these issues in a recent piece published in The Conversation: Why Trump’s challenges to democracy will be a big problem for Biden.
January 7, 2021
Gabrielle Lynch: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation?
Prof. Gabrielle Lynch of the University of Warwick discusses with James the importance of truth, justice, and reconciliation for democracy and during political transitions.
December 18, 2020
Stephanie Burchard and Austin Wright: Election Violence
Stephanie Burchard of Institute for Defense Analyses & Austin Wright of Univ. of Chicago join James to discuss election violence in a global and US context.
December 11, 2020
Sara Curran: Census--Counting Folks and Counting Votes
Prof. Sara Curran of UW discusses with James the census and why counting people is important for elections and democracy.
December 7, 2020
Pippa Norris: What is Electoral Integrity?
Prof. Pippa Norris of Harvard & Electoral Integrity Project discusses with James the concept of electoral integrity and whether the US makes the grade.
December 1, 2020
Catch Up on Old Episodes!
As we take a short break for Thanksgiving, catch up on old episodes!
November 20, 2020
To Coup or Not to Coup?
Victor Menaldo of Political Economy Forum joins James to discuss why a coup is unlikely in the US, the anxieties & realities of political transitions, and what the historical record can teach us about contested elections. See links on the showpage here.
November 14, 2020
Loren Collingwood: What Do Voters Want?
Loren Collingwood of UC-Riverside discusses why Biden won the election.
November 10, 2020
Charlotte Hill on "Count the Votes or Stop the Count"?
Charlotte Hill of FairVote & RepresentUs talks certification of ballot counts and potential legal disputes.
November 5, 2020
Chris Parker: What to Expect Tuesday
Prof. Chris Parker of Univ. Washington discusses what to expect next Tuesday, race in American politics, and what a new Trump or Biden administration must focus on moving forward.
October 30, 2020
Kevin Johnson: Election Reform Frontiers and Challenges
In part 2, Kevin Johnson discusses election reform frontiers & challenges with James regarding the electoral college, gerrymandering, impartial election administration, campaign finance, and rank choice voting.
October 27, 2020
Kevin Johnson: Election Calm or Chaos?
Kevin Johnson Executive Director Election Reformers Network & James discuss what inspires calm & uncertainty in this election
October 23, 2020
Lawrence Wilkerson on Counterintelligence and Election Security
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson of National Task Force on Election Crises, Transition Integrity Project, and College of William & Mary talks counterintelligence and election security with James.
October 20, 2020
Dr. Jessica Beyer co-lead of Cybersecurity Initiative talks election cyberhacking with James.
October 17, 2020
The Online Rumor Mill
James & Morgan talk to Prof. Emma Spiro - co-director of the Social Media Lab and co-founder of the Center for an Informed Public - about online rumors, “fake news” & electoral integrity.
October 14, 2020
America: a Fledgling Democracy?
James and Bree Bang-Jensen talk to Colin Cookman of US Institute of Peace about democracy in Afghanistan and lessons for the US. Visit Showpage.
October 11, 2020
A (Mis)Informed Public?
James talks to Prof. Jevin West, Director Center for an Informed Public at UW & Morgan Wack of Election Integrity Partnership about social media and misinformation.
October 7, 2020
Presidential Debates--Special Crossover Episode!
A special crossover episode of Neither Free Nor Fair? with the Political Economy Forum, James Long, Victor Menaldo, and Mark Smith discuss the presidential debates, whether the remaining debates should be canceled or not, and the role of debates to democracy.
October 5, 2020
Trump’s Covid and Mail-In Voting
James speaks with Charlotte Hill of UC Berkeley and Jake Grumbach of UW about Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and mail-in voting.
October 3, 2020
Democratic Backsliding in the International Environment
In the inaugural episode, James speaks with Professor Susan Hyde from UC Berkeley about "Democracy's Backsliding in the International Environment."
September 27, 2020
Trailer - *New Podcast on Election Security*
In this new podcast series, “Neither Free Nor Fair?” we will try to make sense of the evolving threats to election security and democracy in the US and around the world. The series is produced by the Political Economy Forum at the University of Washington and hosted by me, James Long, Associate Professor of Political Science and co-founder of the Forum. I research and teach on elections, corruption, and democracy in a global context, and for more than a decade, have observed elections in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Each episode, global experts from academia, advocacy, policymaking, and the tech industry will join me to discuss how we can apply lessons from around the world to understand threats to elections in the US, and how these lessons inform the conversation around the fate of global democracy in the 21st century. We hope you’ll join us.
September 26, 2020