“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

— H.L. Mencken

Monkey Cage Topic Guides

This page lists topic guides compiled from articles published at the Monkey Cage. Our mission is to connect political scientists and the political conversation by creating a compelling forum, developing publicly focused scholars, and building an informed audience. Using the discipline’s research, we illuminate the news, inform civic discussion, and help make sense of the circus that is politics. TMC is an independent site currently publishing at the Washington Post. You can read more about our mission and our editorial team here.

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Topic Guides

NOTE: Coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine can be found in our guide to Russia and Its Neighbors.

TMC is grateful to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service for supporting this project, the Carnegie Corporation, the Democracy Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation for supporting TMC, and to Satya Adabala, Isabella Artaza, Jacob Cohen, Tabitha Gillespie, Alana Hendy, Agnieszka Krotzer, Kathryn Long, Mica Maltzman, and Julio Salmeron-Perla for their help preparing and updating the topic guides.