“How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Monday, 01 Jul 2019

It is striking to see the way that the subversive overthrow of a democratic government can occur in a series of important steps.
What are the precursors to democratic decline? This is the question Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt set out to answer in this careful piece of historical scholarship and contemporary analysis. They cover approximately one hundred years in their survey of the death of democracies around the world. Their point is that democracies can be subverted and overthrown in a multitude of ways, the most obvious of which is the coup d’état as seen in Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, and Uruguay. “But there is another way to ...

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