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Democratic Decay and Authoritarian Resurgence

By Natasha Lindstaedt

Published

1 Feb 2021

Page count

232 pages

ISBN

978-1529210392

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Feb 2021

Page count

232 pages

ISBN

978-1529210385

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Feb 2021

Page count

232 pages

ISBN

978-1529210415

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Democratic Decay and Authoritarian Resurgence

    Why do democracies fall apart, and what can be done about it?

    This book introduces students to the concept and causes of democratic decay in the modern world. Illustrating the integral link between public commitment to democratic norms and the maintenance of healthy democracies, it examines the key factors in decaying democracies, including:

    • Economic inequality

    • Corruption

    • Populist and authoritarian discourse

    • Declining belief in political institutions and processes.

    Drawing on real-world developments, and including international case studies, the book outlines the extent to which there is a ‘democratic recession’ in contemporary politics and shows how transnational networks and technology are impacting this.

    Natasha Lindstaedt is Deputy Dean and a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She has written widely on authoritarian regimes, democracy, corruption and failed states.

    The current landscape

    Chapter 1: An Era of Autocratization?

    Chapter 2: Entering the Grey Zone

    Public Opinion and Norms

    Chapter 3: Measuring and Defining Public Support for Democracy and Autocracy

    Chapter 4: What shapes public support for autocratization?

    Chapter 5: International and Informational Sources of Authoritarian Norms

    Causes and Context

    Chapter 6: Globalization

    Chapter 7: Corruption

    Chapter 8: Authoritarian Populism

    Symptoms and Processes

    Chapter 9: Assaults on the media and civil society

    Chapter 10: Assaults on Institutions

    Chapter 11: Assaults on Electoral Processes

    Chapter 12: Protests and Reform

    Conclusion