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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why Are Illiberal Democrats Popular? by Daniel Gros - Project Syndicate

Why Are Illiberal Democrats Popular? by Daniel Gros - Project Syndicate

 The rise of “illiberal democracy” in Europe is one of the most baneful trends of our time. These regimes are typically centered on a leader who concentrates power by overriding – and in some cases eliminating – institutional checks and balances. Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán represent three of the most visible manifestations of this phenomenon. But what is really noteworthy – and dangerous – is how these regimes have been able to retain popular support.

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