Autocratization by Decree: States of Emergency and Democratic Decline

  title={Autocratization by Decree: States of Emergency and Democratic Decline},
  author={Anna L{\"u}hrmann and Bryan Rooney},
  journal={SSRN Electronic Journal},
States of emergency grant chief executives the power to bypass democratic constraints in order to combat existential threats. As such they are ideal tools to erode democratic institutions while maintaining the illusion of constitutional legitimacy. Therefore, states of emergency should be associated with a heightened risk of autocratization – a decline in a regime’s democratic attributes. Despite this theoretical link and the contemporary relevance of both autocratization and states of… Expand