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Today, democracies no longer die with a bang, a coup or a revolution. They die so quietly that we hardly notice their demise. That's the view of Harvard political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. They also present a litmus test so that we can check: which countries are still democracies - and where do dictators already rule?

"Is our democracy in danger? We never thought we'd be asking that question!" -- that's how two Harvard professors, Steven Levitksy and Daniel Ziblatt, begin their introduction, and then -- of course! -- declared that "we must turn to our own country." This revelation from the second year of Donald Trump's presidency is no longer worthy of headlines, but the two political scientists managed to restate well-known stereotypes about the failure of democracies in nearly 300 pages.

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