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Democracy under pressure: Historical lessons for current challenges?

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A review of three books shows that the crisis of democracy literature is exceptionally diverse. It ranges from overconfident postulations and proposals without systematic arguments and comparative analysis on the one hand to novel theorizing and balanced accounts, including cautious use of historical evidence, on the other hand. Accordingly, there is much variation in how much the different contributions succeed in drawing lessons from historical developments to better understand and reduce contemporary challenges.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRivista Italiana di Scienza Politica
Pages (from-to)239-246
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica.

    Research areas

  • authoritarianism, conflict, democracy, polarization, populism

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