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Tyranny of the minority : why American democracy reached the breaking point / Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt.


"A call to reform our antiquated political institutions before it's too late -- from the New York Times bestselling authors of How Democracies Die. America is undergoing a massive experiment: It is moving, in fits and starts, toward a multiracial democracy, something few societies have ever done. But the prospect of change has sparked an authoritarian backlash that threatens the very foundations of our political system. Why is democracy under assault here, and not in other wealthy, diversifying nations? And what can we do to save it? With the clarity and brilliance that made their first book, How Democracies Die, a global bestseller, Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt offer a coherent framework for understanding these volatile times. They draw on a wealth of examples -- from 1930s France to present-day Thailand -- to explain why and how political parties turn against democracy. They then show how our Constitution makes us uniquely vulnerable to attacks from within: It is a pernicious enabler of minority rule, allowing partisan minorities to consistently thwart and even rule over popular majorities. Most modern democracies -- from Germany and Sweden to Argentina and New Zealand -- have eliminated outdated institutions like elite upper chambers, indirect elections, and lifetime tenure for judges. The United States lags dangerously behind. In this revelatory book, Levitsky and Ziblatt issue an urgent call to perfect our national experiment. It's a daunting task, but we have remade our country before -- most notably, after the Civil War and during the Progressive Era. And now we are at a crossroads: America will either become a multiracial democracy or cease to be a democracy at all"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593443071
  • ISBN: 0593443071
  • ISBN: 9780593728161
  • ISBN: 0593728165
  • ISBN: 9780593443088
  • ISBN: 059344308X
  • ISBN: 9780241586211
  • ISBN: 0241586216
  • Physical Description: 368 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Fear of losing -- The banality of authoritarianism -- It has happened here -- Why the Republican Party abandoned democracy -- Fettered majorities -- Minority rule -- America the outlier -- Democratizing our democracy.
Subject: Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Representative government and representation > United States.
Social change > Political aspects > United States.
Democracy > Social aspects > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 21st century.
Gouvernement représentatif > États-Unis.
États-Unis > Politique et gouvernement > 21e siècle.
HISTORY / Modern / General.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Democracy > Social aspects
Politics and government
Representative government and representation
Social change > Political aspects
United States
Republican Party (U.S.)
Representative government and representation > United States.
United States > Politics and government.
Genre: Informational works.
Documents d'information.

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