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How to save a constitutional democracy

Author: Tom Ginsburg; Aziz Z Huq
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump marked a decisive turning point for many. What kind of president calls the news media the "enemy of the American people," or sees a moral equivalence between violent neo-Nazi protesters in paramilitary formation and residents  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Ginsburg; Aziz Z Huq
ISBN: 9780226564388 022656438X
OCLC Number: 1028881428
Description: x, 295 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm
Contents: Liberal constitutional democracy and its alternatives --
Two pathways from liberal constitutional democracy --
When democracies collapse --
When democracies decay --
Will American democracy persist? --
Making democratic constitutions that endure --
Saving democracy, American style --
Conclusion: on fighting democratic erosion.
Responsibility: Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq.

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What does a legitimate threat to the republic actually look like? Ginsburg and Huq tell you, using examples from failed democracies in history around the world.  Read more...

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