Opinion | The Global Political Pandemic

Two pandemics are sweeping the planet, and so far nobody has found a cure for either. There’s Covid-19 and there’s a global democracy blight causing political life in many countries to become more polarized and less democratic.

Unlike Covid, the democracy dysfunction has been building for some time. In a depressingly large number of countries, both identity politics and ideological competition have become more polarized even as the strength of democratic institutions has declined.