Book Review: How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Open Access Deposited
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 baffled political analysts around the world and cast doubt on the strength of American democracy. The simultaneous rise of strongman politics in other parts of the world led many to reconsider the assumptions of liberal democracy. In How Democracies Die, authors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt use a comparative approach to determine factors that have weakened democracy in America and created deep divides within the United States. The authors delve into the country’s inception as a republic and outline defining moments in American political history. This research is supplemented with historical case studies from countries such as Turkey, Sweden, and Venezuela. Levitsky and Ziblatt describe how and why democracies have failed throughout history and the world. The authors then detail the institutions and norms that have sustained American democracy, how these institutions are currently under
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