HKS Affiliated Authors

Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government

Additional Authors:

  • David Moss


When Democracy Breaks Book Cover

March 2024, Book: "Written by a group of leading scholars in the field who examine critical moments of democratic breakdown across world history. Finds that various forms of democratic erosion are present long before breakdown occurs. Shows that while each case of breakdown is unique, important commonalities--including extreme political polarization, explicitly anti-democratic political actors, and significant political violence--stand out across cases. Suggests that weaknesses in democratic culture may play an important role in making institutions of democracy vulnerable to stresses."