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STEVEN LEVITSKY and DANIEL ZIBLATT on How Democracies Die

January 31, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harvard Book Store welcomes STEVEN LEVITSKY and DANIEL ZIBLATT, authors of How Democracies Die. This event is free. No tickets are necessary.

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.

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January 31, 2018
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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6176611515
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Harvard Book Store
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Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.