How Democracies Die
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 5:30PM
King Library

Book Discussion

Author: Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Facilitated by: Matthew Kiernan

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.

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.

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.

About the Facilitator

Matthew Kiernan studied International Relations at the University of Central Florida, where he received his Bachelor’s in Political Science. He currently teaches Civics and Economics at Renaissance Charter School at Summit in West Palm Beach. He is a comic book enthusiast, a news-junkie, a prolific user of Microsoft Excel, and most importantly, a husband and father.

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