How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future Donald Trump s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we d be asking Is our democracy in danger Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes Democracy no longer ends with a bang in a revolution or military coup but with a whimper the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long standing political norms The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first oneDrawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die and how ours can be saved


About the Author: Steven Levitsky

Steven Levitsky is Professor of Government at Harvard University His research interests include political parties, authoritarianism and democratization, and weak and informal institutions, with a focus on Latin America He is author of Transforming Labor Based Parties in Latin America Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective 2003 , co author with Lucan Way of Competitive Authoritarianism Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War 2010 , and co editor of Argentine Democracy The Politics of Institutional Weakness 2005 Informal Institutions and Democracy Lessons from Latin America 2006 and The Resurgence of the Left in Latin America 2011 He is currently engaged in research on the durability of revolutionary regimes, the relationship between populism and competitive authoritarianism, problems of party building in contemporary Latin America, and party collapse and its consequences for democracy in Peru.



10 thoughts on “How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

  1. says:

    I have not read Fire and Fury and doubt that I will It seems too much like gossip to me, and too similar to the truckload of OBAMA IS DESTROYING AMERICA books that occurred during the last administration But I bought How Democracy Dies the first day it came out, and read it in an evening because it gives exactly the kind of historical analy


  2. says:

    Two basic norms have preserved America s checks and balances in ways we have come to take for granted mutual toleration, or the understanding that competing parties accept one another as legitimate rivals, and forbearance, or the idea that politicians should exercise restraint in deploying their institutional prerogatives Well, there is a rea


  3. says:

    This is a well researched analysis of the factors leading to the death of democracies, the signs of the rise of authoritarianism and the threats to the checks and balances that were supposed to prevent the election of demagogues It outlines strategies employed by elected authoritarians to consolidate their control capture the referees, sideline


  4. says:

    This book delivers autopsies of various democracies from 30,000 feet Hitler, Hugo Chavez, Pinochet, Trump somehow all get blended into this survey So the bulk of the book works as an introductory history course That s fine, but the rise of Hitler, for example, is old information What I am looking for at this point is what to do to save democracy


  5. says:

    Below is how the authors see the need for this book and its purpose This is how we tend to think of democracies dying at the hands of men with guns During the Cold War, coups d tat accounted for nearly three out of every four democratic breakdowns Democracies in Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Nigeria, Pakistan,


  6. says:

    I found this book fascinating Ziblatt and Levitsky are respected scholars in the field of democracy studies They teach at Harvard University.The book is well written and researched It is written in an easy to read style that is easy for the lay person to follow The first part of the book reviewed how democracies around the world have fallen to author


  7. says:

    I want you to see this man He s the reason why I had to read this book.I ll be honest I m not the biggest fan of America I m rather indifferent about them but I m also aware of the importance of this country for the rest of the world So like many people I was concern when Donald Trump got into power specially because I had seen a man like that I m 20 y


  8. says:

    This may be the worst well written book I have ever read That is, most awful books are bad in their writing, bad in their organization, bad in their reasoning, and bad in their typesetting No such badness is evident here How Democracies Die hits all the points it intends to, and reads crisply and smoothly But it is ruined by a meta problem its utter clue


  9. says:

    This book is a sobering consideration of how democratic governments have, through subtle and even legal steps, evolved into authoritarian states If American norms political interaction not legislated but tacitly agreed upon continue to be eroded we, too, could quickly find ourselves watching the last days of a democratic America.The authors present the his


  10. says:

    How Democracies Die What History Reveals About Our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt is an examination of the Donald Trump presidency in the United States, and its tendencies toward authoritarianism The authors are both adept at examining Latin American politics and similar subjects in countries like Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil, and there


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