Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy

Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy

This book argues that – in terms of institutional design, the allocation of power and privilege, and the lived experiences of citizens – democracy often does not restart the political game after displacing authoritarianism. Democratic institutions are frequently designed by the outgoing authoritarian regime to shield incumbent elites from the rule of law and give them an unfair advantage over politics and the economy after democratization. Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy systematically documents and analyzes the constitutional tools that outgoing authoritarian elites …

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