New Authoritarianism

Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

Edited by Jerzy J. Wiatr

Barbara Budrich Publishers

New Authoritarianism

Pub Date: December 2018

ISBN: 9783847422211

220 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $52.00

New Authoritarianism

Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

Edited by Jerzy J. Wiatr

Barbara Budrich Publishers

Authoritarian tendencies have appeared in several long-standing democracies, but their main successes have taken place in states that emerged from dictatorial rule only recently. This book contains case studies of contemporary Hungarian, Kenyan, Polish, Russian, and Turkish regimes and what they portend for democratic politics. The third wave of democratization, unlike the first and the second, has not been followed by a reverse wave. However, in several countries, democratically elected leaders interpret democracy narrowly, as the rule of the majority only. Other conditions for democratic government, such as the rule of law and protecting human rights, are ignored. Such a system of government differs from the authoritarian model as defined by Juan J. Linz and can best be called “new authoritarianism.” The future of the new authoritarianism remains uncertain, as this book reveals.

About the Author

Jerzy J. Wiatr is professor at the University of Warsaw, Poland.