Democracies Divided

Timely, rigorous, and accessible, this book is of compelling interest to civic activists, political actors, scholars, and ordinary citizens in societies beset by increasingly rancorous partisanship.

Democracies Divided

Democracies Divided

“A must-read for anyone concerned about the fate of contemporary democracies.”—Steven Levitsky, co-author of How Democracies Die Why divisions have deepened and what can be done to heal them As one part of the global democratic recession, severe political polarization is increasingly afflicting old and new democracies alike, producing the erosion of democratic norms and rising societal anger. This volume is the first book-length comparative analysis of this troubling global phenomenon, offering in-depth case studies of countries as wide-ranging and important as Brazil, India, Kenya, Poland, Turkey, and the United States. The case study authors are a diverse group of country and regional experts, each with deep local knowledge and experience. Democracies Divided identifies and examines the fissures that are dividing societies and the factors bringing polarization to a boil. In nearly every case under study, political entrepreneurs have exploited and exacerbated long-simmering divisions for their own purposes—in the process undermining the prospects for democratic consensus and productive governance. But this book is not simply a diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Each case study discusses actions that concerned citizens and organizations are taking to counter polarizing forces, whether through reforms to political parties, institutions, or the media. The book’s editors distill from the case studies a range of possible ways for restoring consensus and defeating polarization in the world’s democracies. Timely, rigorous, and accessible, this book is of compelling interest to civic activists, political actors, scholars, and ordinary citizens in societies beset by increasingly rancorous partisanship.

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Democracies Divided
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Thomas Carothers, Andrew O'Donohue
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-24 - Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

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The Quality of Divided Democracies
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: Licia Cianetti
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-02-20 - Publisher: University of Michigan Press

The Quality of Divided Democracies contemplates how democracy works, or fails to work, in ethnoculturally divided societies. It advances a new theoretical approach to assessing quality of democracy in divided societies, and puts it into practice with the focused comparison of two divided democracies—Estonia and Latvia. The book uses rich
Democracy in Divided Societies
Language: en
Pages: 217
Authors: Benjamin Reilly
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-09-13 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This text examines the potential of electoral engineering as a mechanism of conflict management in divided societies. It focuses on the little-known experience of a number of divided societies which have used vote-pooling electoral systems.
Party Elites in Divided Societies
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Kris Deschouwer, Kurt Richard Luther
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-01-14 - Publisher: Routledge

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