- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: April 2017
- Print publication year: 2017
- Online ISBN: 9781139030335
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139030335
How do democracies form and what makes them die? Daniel Ziblatt revisits this timely and classic question in a wide-ranging historical narrative that traces the evolution of modern political democracy in Europe from its modest beginnings in 1830s Britain to Adolf Hitler's 1933 seizure of power in Weimar Germany. Based on rich historical and quantitative evidence, the book offers a major reinterpretation of European history and the question of how stable political democracy is achieved. The barriers to inclusive political rule, Ziblatt finds, were not inevitably overcome by unstoppable tides of socioeconomic change, a simple triumph of a growing middle class, or even by working class collective action. Instead, political democracy's fate surprisingly hinged on how conservative political parties – the historical defenders of power, wealth, and privilege – recast themselves and coped with the rise of their own radical right. With striking modern parallels, the book has vital implications for today's new and old democracies under siege.
Sheri Berman - Barnard College, New York
Francis Fukuyama - Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, California
Herbert Kitschelt - George V. Allen Professor of International Relations, Duke University, North Carolina
Jeffrey Kopstein - Chair of the Political Science Department, University of California, Irvine
Charles S. Maier - Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University, Massachusetts
James Robinson - Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
David Frum Source: The Atlantic
Hermann Beck Source: The Journal of Modern History
Jørgen Møller Source: Commonwealth & Comparative Politics
Frieder Gunther Source: American Historical Review
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