Yascha Mounk

Fellow, Political Reform Program

Yascha Mounk is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program and a lecturer on Government at Harvard University. He is currently working on a book about the crisis of liberal democracy, arguing that a recent rise in technocratic governance is already leading to a dangerous populist backlash in both North America and Western Europe. Mounk’s first book is Stranger in My Own Country, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and he has written for the New York Times, TheWall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Slate, CNN and Die Zeit.


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POLITICAL REFORM
How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’

The New York Times profiled Yascha Mounk and his forthcoming work on the future of liberal democracies.


FELLOWS and POLITICAL REFORM
What We Do Now

Yascha Mounk wrote for Slate about how to preserve the ideals of liberal democracy in the face of a Trump presidency.


FELLOWS
The End of German Exceptionalism

Yascha Mounk wrote for Foreign Policy about the end of German exceptionalism.


FELLOWS
From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World

Fellow Yascha Mounk joins NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday to discuss national movements across the world.


Make Britain Great Again, Again

Yascha Mounk explores what Margaret Thatcher, Boris Johnson, and, yes, Donald Trump all have in common.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA
Populists aren't dangerous because they might win. They're dangerous because of how they transform politics even when they don't.

Pundits and political scientists alike have spilled a lot of ink in trying to characterize the nature and the causes of this populist rise.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA
This mental fallacy explains who your friends are voting for in the primaries

For the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has turned into a peculiar kind of political battleground.


2015's Real Person of the Year? The Populist.

Yascha Mounk explains why calling 2015 the year of Angela Merkel is a bit like calling 2006 the year of the Blackberry.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA
The War We Need to Fight

When Islamist gunmen murdered many of Charlie Hebdo’s writers, editors, and cartoonists in central Paris at the dawn of this year, a sense o


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA
Across the Globe, a Growing Disillusionment With Democracy

Signs of democratic dysfunction are everywhere, from Athens to Ankara, Brussels to Brasília. In the United States, the federal government ha


Why I'm Leaving Germany's Social Democratic Party

After two decades of participation in Germany's Social Democrat Party, Yascha Mounk explains why the Party's shift in political priorities h


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‘Look Who’s Back’: Germans Reflect on the Success of a Satire About Hitler

Others find the humor limited, and the phenomenon more intriguing. Yascha Mounk, who wrote the 2014 book “Stranger in My Own Country,” about