How Democracies Die


“A brilliant book, wise and nuanced.”

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

“Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely.”

New York Times Book Review

“Cool and persuasive... 
How Democracies Die comes at exactly the right moment.”

The Washington Post

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.
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2018
A Time Best Nonfiction Book of 2018
A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2018
A WBUR Best Book of 2018
A Paste Best Nonfiction Book of 2018
A New York Times Book Review Best Book Cover of 2018
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"The best death-of-democracy book I read in 2018."
-Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

"Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies have collapsed elsewhere-not just through violent coups, but more commonly (and insidiously) through a gradual slide into authoritarianism.... How Democracies Die is a lucid and essential guide to what can happen here."
-New York Times

"If you want to understand what's happening to our country, the book you really need to read is How Democracies Die."
-Paul Krugman

"The defining political book, so far, of 2018."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

"We're already awash in public indignation-what we desperately need is a sober, dispassionate look at the current state of affairs. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, two of the most respected scholars in the field of democracy studies, offer just that."
-The Washington Post

"Where Levitsky and Ziblatt make their mark is in weaving together political science and historical analysis of both domestic and international democratic crises; in doing so, they expand the conversation beyond Trump and before him, to other countries and to the deep structure of American democracy and politics."
-Ezra Klein, Vox

"Fair warning: reading Levitsky and Ziblatt will leave you very, very unsettled. They make a powerful case that we really and truly are in uncharted territory, living in a moment when the line between difficult times and dark times has blurred."
-Washington Monthly

"If you only read one book for the rest of the year, read How Democracies Die... This is not a book for just Democrats or Republicans. It is a book for all Americans. It is nonpartisan. It is fact based. It is deeply rooted in history... the best commentary on our politics, no contest."
-Michael Morrell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (via Twitter)

"A smart and deeply informed book about the ways in which democracy is being undermined in dozens of countries around the world, and in ways that are perfectly legal."
-Fareed Zakaria, CNN

"Carefully researched and persuasive... the authors show the fragility of even the best democracies and also caution politicians... who think they can somehow co-opt autocrats without getting burned.... How Democracies Die provides a guide for Americans of all political persuasions for what to avoid."
-USA Today

"Scholarly and readable, alarming and level-headed... the greatest of the many merits of Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt's contribution to what will doubtless be the ballooning discipline of democracy death studies is their rejection of western exceptionalism. There are no vaccines in American (or, I would add, British) culture that protects us: just ways of doing business that now feel decrepit."
-The Guardian

"[An] important new book."
-Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

"The political-science text in vogue this winter is How Democracies Die."
-The New Yorker

"How Democracies Die studies the modern history of apparently healthy democracies that have slid into autocracy. It is hard to read this fine book without coming away terribly concerned about the possibility Trump might inflict a mortal wound on the health of the republic.... It is simplistic to expect boots marching in the streets, but there will be a battle for democracy."
-Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

"The great strength of Levitsky and Ziblatt's How Democracies Die is that it rejects the exceptionalist account of US democracy. Their lens is comparative. The authors say America is not immune to the trends that have led to democracy's collapse in other parts of the world."
-Financial Times

"A powerful wake-up call."
-Foreign Affairs

Steven Levitsky and
Daniel Ziblatt are Professors of Government at Harvard University. Levitsky’s research focuses on Latin America and the developing world. He is the author of
Competitive Authoritarianism and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Ziblatt studies Europe from the nineteenth century to the present. He is the author, most recently, of
Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy. Both Levitsky and Ziblatt have written for
Vox and
The New York Times, among other publications.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 16.01.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-57453-8
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 21/14,1/2,7 cm
Gewicht 316 g
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Quicke Response nach Buchbestellung. Finde ich gut. Dauer der Warenzustellung zu lang. Finde ich nicht gut. Also, hier gibt es noch Potential! Leichte Kritik, aber auf hohem Niveau. 'S war's, ihr Lieben