How Democracies Die
Stephen Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
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.
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.
Interested in the learning about how the United States democracy has shifted in Boston over the years? Take a look at the Boston Athenæum’s digital collection of 19th Century Political Ballots to get a glimpse of the local political atmosphere in the nineteenth-century.