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How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die

The International Bestseller: What History Reveals About Our Future

by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Paperback
Publication Date: 08/01/2019

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Two Harvard professors explain the stages in which governments collapse - and how we can prevent this.

Democracies can die with a coup d'etat - or they can die slowly. This happens most deceptively when in piecemeal fashion, with the election of an authoritarian leader, the abuse of governmental power and the complete repression of opposition.

All three steps are being taken around the world and we must all understand how we can stop them. From the rule of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile to the quiet undermining of Turkey's constitutional system by President Recip Erdogan, Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt draw insightful lessons from history to shine a light on regime breakdown across the 20th and 21st centuries.

Based on years of research, they present a deep understanding of how and why democracies die; an alarming analysis of how democracy is being subverted today; and a guide for maintaining and repairing a threatened democracy, for governments, political parties and individuals. History doesn't repeat itself. But we can protect our democracy by learning its lessons, before it's too late.

ISBN:
9780241381359
9780241381359
Category:
Political structures: democracy
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
08-01-2019
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x19mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Steven Levitsky

Steven Levitsky is Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on political parties, democracy and authoritarianism and weak and informal institutions in Latin America and across the developing world. He is the author of two books, Competitive Authoritarianism and Informal Institutions and Democracy.

Daniel Ziblatt

Daniel Ziblatt, a Professor of Government at Harvard University, is a leading authority on contemporary Europe and democracy and authoritarianism in Europe from the 19th century to the present. He is the author of Structuring the State and Conservative Political Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe, of which Francis Fukuyama said 'revolutionizes the literature on democratic transitions'.

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