How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

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Publication date:

09/10/2019

Hardback

308 pages

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ISBN:

9780190121334

Publication date:

09/10/2019

Hardback

308 pages

Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq

Ranging across geography and time, How to Save a Constitutional Democracy presents a comprehensive account of the mechanisms through which democratic rule has come undone. From the beginning of the twentieth century, to the global resurgence of populism, it explains how the pathway of democratic failure has evolved. Turning to the present, it analyzes the ways in which many constitutions are vulnerable to democratic backsliding—and as importantly proposes an agenda of reforms that might stymie that process.

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Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq

Description

How do democracies fail?

Ranging across geography and time, How to Save a Constitutional Democracy presents a comprehensive account of the mechanisms through which democratic rule has come undone. From the beginning of the twentieth century, to the global resurgence of populism, it explains how the pathway of democratic failure has evolved. Turning to the present, it analyzes the ways in which many constitutions are vulnerable to democratic backsliding—and as importantly proposes an agenda of reforms that might stymie that process.

About the Author

TOM GINSBURG is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, USA. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Judicial Reputation (2015), The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), and Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003).

AZIZ Z. HUQ is the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, USA.

Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Liberal Constitutional Democracy and Its Alternatives 6

2 Two Pathways from Liberal Constitutional Democracy 35

3 When Democracies Collapse 49

4 When Democracies Decay 68

5 Will American Democracy Persist? 120

6 Making Democratic Constitutions that Endure 164

7 Saving Democracy, American Style 205

Conclusion: On Fighting Democratic Erosion 237

Notes 247

Index 287

Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq

Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq

Review

“How to Save a Constitutional Democracy explores the extraordinary challenges democracies face from populist leaders today, above all in the United States. It suggests that our institutions may not be as resilient as we would like to believe, but proposes concrete ways in which they might be strengthened based on wide-ranging knowledge of the experiences of other countries facing similar threats.”

—FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, USA

“Drawing expertly on examples from across the world, Ginsburg and Huq highlight the constitutional mechanisms by which democracies may be undermined–often by elected leaders themselves—in the contemporary era. They make a compelling case that the United States is not immune to democratic backsliding, and they point to various ways in which the U.S.

Constitution leaves us vulnerable to such backsliding. Finally, whereas other recent books on the crisis of American democracy focus on what has gone wrong, Ginsburg and Huq provide us with clear-eyed proposals—including some bold constitutional reforms—for how to fix it. I strongly recommend this book.”

—STEVEN R. LEVITSKY, Harvard University, USA

“This book makes a huge contribution to our understanding of how democracies erode and what institutional reforms would make it harder for authoritarian populists to entrench their power. It should be required reading for anybody who seeks to bolster the stability of embattled democracies around the world.”

—YASCHA MOUNK, Harvard University, USA

“Awe inspiring. How to Save a Constitutional Democracy is masterfully informed, crystal clear, and exceptionally sober. I learned an enormous amount.”

—ADAM PRZEWORSKI, New York University, USA

Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq

Description

How do democracies fail?

Ranging across geography and time, How to Save a Constitutional Democracy presents a comprehensive account of the mechanisms through which democratic rule has come undone. From the beginning of the twentieth century, to the global resurgence of populism, it explains how the pathway of democratic failure has evolved. Turning to the present, it analyzes the ways in which many constitutions are vulnerable to democratic backsliding—and as importantly proposes an agenda of reforms that might stymie that process.

About the Author

TOM GINSBURG is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, USA. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Judicial Reputation (2015), The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), and Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003).

AZIZ Z. HUQ is the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, USA.

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Reviews

“How to Save a Constitutional Democracy explores the extraordinary challenges democracies face from populist leaders today, above all in the United States. It suggests that our institutions may not be as resilient as we would like to believe, but proposes concrete ways in which they might be strengthened based on wide-ranging knowledge of the experiences of other countries facing similar threats.”

—FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, USA

“Drawing expertly on examples from across the world, Ginsburg and Huq highlight the constitutional mechanisms by which democracies may be undermined–often by elected leaders themselves—in the contemporary era. They make a compelling case that the United States is not immune to democratic backsliding, and they point to various ways in which the U.S.

Constitution leaves us vulnerable to such backsliding. Finally, whereas other recent books on the crisis of American democracy focus on what has gone wrong, Ginsburg and Huq provide us with clear-eyed proposals—including some bold constitutional reforms—for how to fix it. I strongly recommend this book.”

—STEVEN R. LEVITSKY, Harvard University, USA

“This book makes a huge contribution to our understanding of how democracies erode and what institutional reforms would make it harder for authoritarian populists to entrench their power. It should be required reading for anybody who seeks to bolster the stability of embattled democracies around the world.”

—YASCHA MOUNK, Harvard University, USA

“Awe inspiring. How to Save a Constitutional Democracy is masterfully informed, crystal clear, and exceptionally sober. I learned an enormous amount.”

—ADAM PRZEWORSKI, New York University, USA

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Liberal Constitutional Democracy and Its Alternatives 6

2 Two Pathways from Liberal Constitutional Democracy 35

3 When Democracies Collapse 49

4 When Democracies Decay 68

5 Will American Democracy Persist? 120

6 Making Democratic Constitutions that Endure 164

7 Saving Democracy, American Style 205

Conclusion: On Fighting Democratic Erosion 237

Notes 247

Index 287

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