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release date: Jan 16, 2018
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How Democracies Die
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“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.
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release date: Oct 21, 2018
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How Democracies Die
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release date: Aug 16, 2010
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Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (Problems of International Politics)
Competitive authoritarian regimes - in which autocrats submit to meaningful multiparty elections but engage in serious democratic abuse - proliferated in the post-Cold War era. Based on a detailed study of 35 cases in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and post-communist Eurasia, this book explores the fate of competitive authoritarian regimes between 1990 and 2008. It finds that where social, economic, and technocratic ties to the West were extensive, as in Eastern Europe and the Americas, the external cost of abuse led incumbents to cede power rather than crack down, which led to democratization. Where ties to the West were limited, external democratizing pressure was weaker and countries rarely democratized. In these cases, regime outcomes hinged on the character of state and ruling party organizations. Where incumbents possessed developed and cohesive coercive party structures, they could thwart opposition challenges, and competitive authoritarian regimes survived; where incumbents lacked such organizational tools, regimes were unstable but rarely democratized.
release date: Sep 01, 2011
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The Resurgence of the Latin American Left

Latin America experienced an unprecedented wave of left-leaning governments between 1998 and 2010. This volume examines the causes of this leftward turn and the consequences it carries for the region in the twenty-first century.

The Resurgence of the Latin American Left asks three central questions: Why have left-wing parties and candidates flourished in Latin America? How have these leftist parties governed, particularly in terms of social and economic policy? What effects has the rise of the Left had on democracy and development in the region? The book addresses these questions through two sections. The first looks at several major themes regarding the contemporary Latin American Left, including whether Latin American public opinion actually shifted leftward in the 2000s, why the Left won in some countries but not in others, and how the left turn has affected market economies, social welfare, popular participation in politics, and citizenship rights. The second section examines social and economic policy and regime trajectories in eight cases: those of leftist governments in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela, as well as that of a historically populist party that governed on the right in Peru.

Featuring a new typology of Left parties in Latin America, an original framework for identifying and categorizing variation among these governments, and contributions from prominent and influential scholars of Latin American politics, this historical-institutional approach to understanding the region’s left turn―and variation within it―is the most comprehensive explanation to date on the topic.

release date: Aug 28, 2006
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Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America

This volume analyzes the function of informal institutions in Latin America and how they support or weaken democratic governance. Drawing from a wide range of examples―including the Mexican dedazo, clientelism in Brazil, legislative "ghost coalitions" in Ecuador, and elite power-sharing in Chile―the contributors examine how informal rules shape the performance of state and democratic institutions, offering fresh and timely insights into contemporary problems of governability, "unrule of law," and the absence of effective representation, participation, and accountability in Latin America.

The editors present this analysis within a fourfold conceptual framework: complementary institutions, which fill gaps in formal rules or enhance their efficacy; accommodative informal institutions, which blunt the effects of dysfunctional formal institutions; competing informal institutions, which directly subvert the formal rules; and substitutive informal institutions, which replace ineffective formal institutions.

release date: Jul 27, 2017
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Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America
Nearly four decades since the onset of the third wave, political parties remain weak in Latin America: parties have collapsed in much of the region, and most new party-building efforts have failed. Why do some new parties succeed while most fail? This book challenges the widespread belief that democracy and elections naturally give rise to strong parties and argues that successful party-building is more likely to occur under conditions of intense conflict than under routine democracy. Periods of revolution, civil war, populist mobilization, or authoritarian repression crystallize partisan attachments, create incentives for organization-building, and generate a 'higher cause' that attracts committed activists. Empirically rich chapters cover diverse cases from across Latin America, including both successful and failed cases.
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release date: Feb 06, 2006
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Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness

During the 1990s Argentina was the only country in Latin America to combine radical economic reform and full democracy. In 2001, however, the country fell into a deep political and economic crisis and was widely seen as a basket case. This book explores both developments, examining the links between the (real and apparent) successes of the 1990s and the 2001 collapse. Specific topics include economic policymaking and reform, executive-legislative relations, the judiciary, federalism, political parties and the party system, and new patterns of social protest.

Beyond its empirical analysis, the book contributes to several theoretical debates in comparative politics. Contemporary studies of political institutions focus almost exclusively on institutional design, neglecting issues of enforcement and stability. Yet a major problem in much of Latin America is that institutions of diverse types have often failed to take root.

Besides examining the effects of institutional weakness, the book also uses the Argentine case to shed light on four other areas of current debate: tensions between radical economic reform and democracy; political parties and contemporary crises of representation; links between subnational and national politics; and the transformation of state-society relations in the post-corporatist era.

Besides the editors, the contributors are Javier Auyero, Ernesto Calvo, Kent Eaton, Sebastián Etchemendy, Gretchen Helmke, Wonjae Hwang, Mark Jones, Enrique Peruzzotti, Pablo T. Spiller, Mariano Tommasi, and Juan Carlos Torre.

release date: Apr 03, 2003
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Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective
This volume explains why some contemporary Latin American labor-based parties adapted successfully to the challenges of neoliberalism and working class decline. It argues that loosely structured party organizations tend to be more flexible than the bureaucratic structures found in most labor-based parties. The argument is illustrated through an analysis of the Argentine (Peronist) Justicialista Party (PJ). The book shows how PJ's fluid internal structure allowed it to adapt and transform itself from a union-dominated populist party into a vehicle for carrying out radical market-oriented economic reforms.
release date: Oct 21, 2018
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Como as Democracias Morrem (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Uma análise crua e perturbadora do fim das democracias em todo o mundo Democracias tradicionais entram em colapso? Essa é a questão que Steven Levitsky e Daniel Ziblatt - dois conceituados professores de Harvard - respondem ao discutir o modo como a eleição de Donald Trump se tornou possível. Para isso comparam o caso de Trump com exemplos históricos de rompimento da democracia nos últimos cem anos: da ascensão de Hitler e Mussolini nos anos 1930 à atual onda populista de extrema-direita na Europa; passando pelas ditaduras militares da América Latina dos anos 1970. E alertam: a democracia atualmente não termina com uma ruptura violenta nos moldes de uma revolução ou de um golpe militar; agora; a escalada do autoritarismo se dá com o enfraquecimento lento e constante de instituições críticas - como o judiciário e a imprensa - e a erosão gradual de normas políticas de longa data. Sucesso de público e de crítica nos Estados Unidos e na Europa; esta é uma obra fundamental para o momento conturbado que vivemos no Brasil e em boa parte do mundo e um guia indispensável para manter e recuperar democracias ameaçadas. "Talvez o livro mais valioso para a compreensão do fenômeno do ressurgimento do autoritarismo. Essencial para entender a política atual; e alerta os brasileiros sobre os perigos para a nossa democracia." Estadão "Abrangente; esclarecedor e assustadoramente oportuno." The New York Times Book Review "Livraço. A melhor análise até agora sobre o risco que a eleição de Donald Trump representa para a democracia norte-americana. [Para o leitor brasileiro] a história parece muito mais familiar do que seria desejável." Celso Rocha de Barros; Folha de S. Paulo "Levitsky e Ziblatt mostram como as democracias podem entrar em colapso em qualquer lugar - não apenas por meio de golpes violentos; mas; de modo mais comum (e insidioso); através de um deslizamento gradual para o autoritarismo. Um guia lúcido e essencial." The New York Times
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release date: Jul 17, 2021
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Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (Problems of International Politics) by Steven Levitsky (2010-08-16)
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