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Revolution and Dictatorship: The Violent Origins of Durable Authoritarianism
Revolution and Dictatorship: The Violent Origins of Durable Authoritarianism
By Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way
Princeton University Press, 2022, 656 pp.

In the early 1980s, the great scholar of democracy Robert Dahl observed that “in much of the world the conditions most favorable to the development and maintenance of democracy are nonexistent, or at best only weakly present.” Barely had Dahl penned these pessimistic words when it became clear that democracy was on the verge of its greatest historical efflorescence. During the late twentieth century, a democratic wave engulfed the globe, toppling dictator­ships in Africa, Asia, Latin America, southern and eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union. By the beginning of the present century, the world had more democracies than ever

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