Saving Democracy

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In this incisive and razor-sharp analysis of one of the most important issues facing us today, leading Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt draw on their combined expertise of over 40 years to examine the global tension between the desire for multiracial democracy, and the rise in authoritarianism - and the resulting danger that the world faces.

Exploring the 2024 American election and the Capitol riots, as well as global examples from history including post-1945 Germany and Brazil and Chile during the '60s and '70s, the authors show how the threat to democracy continues to mount, with authoritarian rulers fostering a poisonous culture of polarisation, fear and suspicion that persists even after their time in power is over.

Dissecting the most pressing issues that face democracy today - from the growing disregard for constitutional norms and free and fair elections, to conservative fears about the perceived loss of national identity with the rise of multiracial democracy - Saving Democracy will be the book that every participant in the emerging democratic reform movement must read.