Interesting things to track:
- Sales of self-help books
Our Democracy — showing what democracy looks like through photography and stories. Joint project of CatchLight Foundation and National Geographic Society.
History and Philosophy
The Wikipedia article on liberal democracy gives a good overview of how modern democracies evolved.
Daniel Ziblatt posits that the factional strength of a country's elites determines the survival of democracy, not a rise in living standards or an uprising of the working or middle class.
Who shows up to vote?
- "Black Turnout in 1964, and Beyond." New York Times. October 16, 2014.
- "Black voter turnout fell in 2016, even as a record number of Americans cast ballots." Pew Research. May 12, 2017.
- Voter Turnout Demographics
How do votes translate to decisions?
Requires diversity and education.
Ka-Ping Yee's voting simulation visualizations.
- Arrow's impossiblity theorem
- Adam Rogers. "Colorado tried a new way to vote: Make people pay — quadratically." WIRED, April 16, 2019.
U.S. Population / Demographic Shifts
According to Pew Research:
- Evangelical Protestant — 25.4%
- Mainline Protestant — 14.7%
- Black church — 6.5%
- Catholic — 20.8%
According to Gallup, 2014 "Beliefs and Values" survey suggested that 42 percent of Americans are creationists, 31 percent are theistic evolutionists, and 19 percent are atheistic evolutionists.
Transformational versus transactional diplomacy
- Equal Citizens. Founded by Lawrence Lessig.