On Democratic Backsliding

  title={On Democratic Backsliding},
  author={N. Bermeo},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={19 - 5}
  • N. Bermeo
  • Published 2016
  • Economics
  • Journal of Democracy
Democratic backsliding (meaning the state-led debilitation or elimination of the political institutions sustaining an existing democracy) has changed dramatically since the Cold War. Open-ended coups d’état, executive coups, and blatant election-day vote fraud are declining while promissory coups, executive aggrandizement and strategic electoral manipulation and harassment are increasing. Contemporary forms of backsliding are especially vexing because they are legitimated by the very… Expand

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