How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"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 more 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 one. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s 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."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524762933
1524762938
Branch Call Number: 321.8 LEVITSK
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ziblatt, Daniel 1972-- Author

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nelson1949
May 09, 2018

A chilling account of how the current administration is breaking norms and destroying "guard rails" that have previously supported the written and unwritten parts of the Constitution. A must read for every thinking American.

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