The Rise of Illiberal Democracy

  title={The Rise of Illiberal Democracy},
  author={Fareed Zakaria},
  journal={Foreign Affairs},
  • Fareed Zakaria
  • Published 1 November 1997
  • Political Science
  • Foreign Affairs
The American diplomat Richard Holbrooke pondered a problem on the eve of the September 1996 elections in Bosnia, which were meant to restore civic life to that ravaged country. "Suppose the election was declared free and fair," he said, and those elected are "racists, fascists, separatists, who are publicly opposed to [peace and r?int?gration]. That is the dilemma." Indeed it is, not just in the former Yugoslavia, but increasingly around the world. Democratically elected regimes, often ones… 

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