Democracy Against LiberalismIts Rise and Fall
Democracy Against Liberalism
Its Rise and Fall
It should not surprise anyone that democracies can become dangerously illiberal; indeed, it was one of the classical critiques of ancient democracies. Is the contemporary backlash against liberal democracy merely the same old story, or are we witnessing something unprecedented? 

In this witty and engaging book, Aviezer Tucker argues that the contemporary revival of authoritarian populism combines the historically familiar with new technologies to produce a highly unstable and contagious new synthesis that threatens basic liberal norms, from freedom of the press to independent judiciaries. He examines how the economic crisis blocked social mobility and thereby awakened the dark, dormant political passions exploited by demagogues such as Orban and Trump. He argues that this slide towards ‘neo-illiberal democracy’ can be countered if we hard-headedly restore a ‘liberalism without nostalgia’ which institutes policies that can dampen down populist passions and strengthen liberal institutional barriers against them. 

Readers interested in current affairs, social science, history, and political and social theory will find Aviezer Tucker’s original theoretical and historical analysis incisive, innovative, and entertaining.
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  • September 2020
  • 200 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What’s Your Problem? Illiberalism, Populism, Authoritarianism
Chapter 2: Illiberal Democracy: Old Hemlock in Plastic Cups
Chapter 3: All the Roads lead to Caesarea
Chapter 4: It Ain’t Necessarily So: The Historical Evitability of Neo-Illiberal Democracy
Chapter 5: New Liberalism Without Nostalgia
About the Author
Aviezer Tucker is a political theorist and philosopher. He is an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, where he works on post-totalitarianism and the philosophy of history. He is the author of The Legacies of Totalitarianism (2015) and Our Knowledge of the Past: A Philosophy of Historiography (2004).
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