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By Joshua Kurlantzick

Since the tip of the chilly struggle, the idea between so much political theorists has been that as countries increase economically, they'll additionally develop into extra democratic—especially if a colourful heart category takes root. This assumption underlies the growth of the ecu Union and lots more and plenty of yankee international coverage, strengthened by means of such examples as South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, or even to a point Russia. the place democratization has failed or retreated, aberrant stipulations take the blame: Islamism, authoritarian chinese language impression, or even the increase of neighborhood autocrats.

 

But what if the mess ups of democracy aren't exceptions? during this thought-provoking examine of democratization, Joshua Kurlantzick proposes that the spate of backing out democracies, one after one other during the last 20 years, is not only a sequence of exceptions. as an alternative, it displays a brand new and worrying pattern: democracy in world wide decline. the writer investigates the kingdom of democracy in a number of international locations, why the center category has grew to become opposed to democracy in a few circumstances, and even if the decline in worldwide democratization is reversible.

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