On “How Democracies Die”
The United States under the Trump presidency along with other democracies led by authoritarian leaders raise concerns that even consolidated democracies do not live forever. This article starts with a recently published book titled “how democracies die” and demonstrates how seemingly stable democratic systems might erode, how such processes develop and how erosion might be stopped.
the article argues that not only authoritarian leaders such as Donald Trump
jeopardize democracy. Some studies also point to the corrosive effects of wealthy
elites who are in a much better position of pursuing their interests than
ordinary citizens. These analyses raise doubts about democracy as government of
for and by the people.
starts with the scholarly debate on the book “how democracies die.” It
continues describing what other deficiencies impair American politics. Finally,
it evaluates the findings in light of democratic theory. It uses an
interdisciplinary perspective by invoking insights from comparative democracy
research, international relations, economics and development research.
The full text (in German only) is published in: Politische Vierteljahresschrift Vol. 60, No 2, 2019.