It’s been a good decade for dictatorship. But from Moscow to Caracas, people are now standing up for their freedom. So how stable will populist dictatorships prove in the long-run? An uncharacteristically optimistic take from me . [Thread]
The past decade has been good for dictatorship and terrible for democracy. explains why the next decade may see these new autocracies succumb to crises of legitimacy
Many populist dictatorships will, sooner or later, experience an especially serious crisis of legitimacy, writes . What will happen when they do?
Will the global authoritarian trend continue? argues that the new populist dictators may prove weaker than they appear.
If the past decade has been bad for democracy, the next one may turn out to be surprisingly tough on autocrats, writes Prof. in a piece for .
It's impossible to do justice to this complex argument in a tweet storm. So please do read the full article in the latest issue of . And since we’re all in need of some (moderately) good news, please do spread the word! [End.]
The new consensus around the resilience of populism and autocracy is in danger of hardening into a misguided orthodoxy, writes .
“Democratic countries ruled by populists tend to be more corrupt than their nonpopulist peers. Over time, the spread of corruption is likely to inspire frustration at populists’ unfulfilled promises to “drain the swamp.” ⁦
1) Crisis of Populist Dictatorships Populists promise to return power to the people. Then they concentrate it in their own hands. This fraudulent story of legitimacy weakens them. From Poland to Venezuela, the people might finally oust some populists.
Why the New Autocrats Are Weaker Than They Look
Don't despair for liberal democracy. The Dictators’ Last Stand via