How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world--and a road map for rescuing our own 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 A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world--and a road map for rescuing our own ...

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Title:How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future
Author:Steven Levitsky
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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  • Nikos
    Mar 22, 2018
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  • Gail
    Feb 19, 2018
    10 stars if I could give it. If you?re a sentient being living in the United States you are likely worried about the country?s future. Some of you are concerned that America will never be ?great again?. Some are terrified that this administration?s behavior and policies w...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Jan 03, 2018
    The following is excerpt from article in New York Magazine, January 2018: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/... https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/bo... Harvard professors of government Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have written a more foreboding analysis. Their forthc...
  • Mehrsa
    Feb 28, 2018
    This is the rare book where I liked their solutions section better than their descriptive section. At the end, they fight against those who say that the left needs to let go of its embrace of identity culture (i.e. embrace of multiculturalism). They say that would be a huge mistake and...
  • Michael Austin
    Jan 17, 2018
    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 eve...
  • Andy
    Jan 04, 2018
    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. Wh...
  • Caren
    Jan 22, 2018
    Fascinating book! I put everything aside this weekend and read it in a day. The authors, both professors of government at Harvard, not only look at warning signs of a democracy's decline based on others countries which have fallen into authoritarianism, but also at points in American h...
  • Angie Boyter
    Jan 02, 2018
    When we think of a democracy dying, what comes to mind is usually a military coup or civil war or other sudden violent action. In How Democracies Die, Harvard Government professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt show how countries can lose their democracy more slowly and insidiousl...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 03, 2018
    Incredibly compelling and well-researched look at how fragile the institution of democracy is. This even-handed book provides numerous examples of the subtle rise of authoritarianism in countries throughout history. The pattern is predictable and clear: 1) Elected officials reject the ...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 14, 2018
    Levitsky and Ziblatt base their argument on the gradual erosion of democracy by elected authoritarian leaders on 4 characteristics drawn from the work of Spanish political scientist and sociologist Juan Linz, and many of the ideas about "norm erosion" are worth thinking about. At the s...
  • David Rush
    Feb 20, 2018
    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 de...
  • Mal Warwick
    Feb 28, 2018
    "Over the past two years, we have watched politicians say and do things that are unprecedented in the United States?but that we recognize as having been the precursors of democratic crisis in other places. We feel dread, as do so many other Americans, even as we try to reassure ourse...
  • Keith Raffel
    Jan 23, 2018
    A truly frightening book that shows how America is following in the footsteps of other countries that have given up democracy for authoritarianism: countries like Hungary (now), Chile under Pinochet, Turkey (now), Germany in the 1930s, and Italy in the 1920s. The authors set forth four...
  • Book
    Apr 18, 2018
    How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt ?How Democracies Die? is a very good book that describes how democracies domestically and internationally collapse not necessarily by force but by elected leaders who subvert the very process that brought them into power....
  • Amie
    Feb 22, 2018
    I really wanted to enjoy this book and learn from it, but it failed on both counts. The premise is one that is clear form the cover and advanced press. ?America is on the road to killing its democracy and Trump is advancing that demise.? The key message of the book is an important ...
  • Katia N
    Mar 01, 2018
    This book analyses historic examples how certain countries (Chile and Venezuela, but also the others) have moved from the democracy to autocratic and totalitarian regimes. The authors compare those examples with the current situation in America. They state that apart from the written l...
  • Richard
    Dec 26, 2017
    Depressing! I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, and published in the United States by Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random Ho...
  • Rosalyn
    Feb 08, 2018
    This book is a mess. It reads like a first year college student's paper on why Trump is bad (which, of course, he is, but just because I share the authors' view of him doesn't mean I am going to overlook how pedestrian this book is). ...
  • Andrew
    Mar 25, 2018
    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 simila...
  • Maria
    Mar 04, 2018
    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 Dona...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 19, 2018
    Lays the blame for the fall of democracies on the erosion of the guardrails (unwritten rules) of the polity. Also lays a big chunk of the blame for the decay of democracy at the party or legal gatekeepers failing to weed out extremists and outsiders. Outsiders and extremists are not we...
  • Faith
    Jan 30, 2018
    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 authoritarian...
  • Jean
    Feb 18, 2018
    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 o...
  • Nancy
    Feb 17, 2018
    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...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    May 22, 2018
    In the darkest days of the Second World War, when America?s very future was at risk, writer E. B. White was asked by the U.S. Federal Government?s Writers War Board to write a short response to the question ?What is democracy?? His answer was unassuming but inspiring. He wrot...
  • Bruce Katz
    Jan 22, 2018
    Rating a book like this with stars is entirely irrelevant. Written by two Harvard professors who have studied the lives and deaths of democracies around the world, the book rings a sober alarm about the precarious state of American democracy today. It lays out step by step how democrac...
  • Muthuvel
    Apr 24, 2018
    "Surely the Board knows what democracy is. It is the line that forms on the right. It is the don?t in don?t shove. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles; it is the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than hal...
  • Gary Moreau
    Jan 16, 2018
    On the surface, this is a book about the internal contradictions of democracy and how those vulnerabilities can be exploited by those interested in authoritarian power with, in the case of the Republicans, a ?white nationalist appeal.? It?s a valid assessment to about half of us,...
  • Carlos Alberto Ledezma
    Feb 04, 2018
    This book was quite disappointing. I was expecting a thorough analysis on how stable democracies turned into authoritarian regimes; in contrast, the book only does a quick overview of some modern dictatorships and then delves into the United States' democratic history. Finally, the boo...
  • James
    Feb 26, 2018
    An extremely important book which looks at democratic collapse in countries like Turkey and Venezuela and compares it to the current situation in the US. It's a terrifying harbinger of what's to come, while offering some solutions for the Democratic party and other US political elites ...