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A Question of Order

India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen

Basharat Peer

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Columbia Global Reports
01 February 2017
Political structures: democracy; Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship
Neoliberals thought capitalism would bring about democracy, civil liberties, and human rights everywhere. But that is fast becoming an illusion, particularly in the East, where traditionalist and nationalist leaders are attracting religious, rural, or newly urban constituencies and ushering in an era of illiberal democracies. Peer reports from two of the world's largest democracies-Narendra Modi's India and Recep Tyyip Erdogan's Turkey-and examines how two charismatic strongmen came to power and moved their country in the direction of authoritarianism.
By:   Basharat Peer
Imprint:   Columbia Global Reports
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   204g
ISBN:   9780997126426
ISBN 10:   0997126426
Pages:   170
Publication Date:   01 February 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Basharat Peer is the author of Curfewed Night: One Kashmiri Journalist's Frontline Account of Life, Love, and War in His Homeland, which was published to acclaim by Scribner in 2010. Born in Kashmir in 1977, Peer's work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, New Statesman, Financial Times Magazine, n+1, and Columbia Journalism Review. He has worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs and served as a correspondent at Tehelka, India's leading English-language newsweekly. Peer studied journalism and politics at the Columbia School of Journalism. He lives in New Delhi.

Reviews for A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen

In the midst of a complex global story of democratically-elected autocrats, Basharat Peer makes sense of what is going on in both countries....a very timely and important book. - Alex Cacioppo, The Huffington Post India is frequently described as the world's largest democracy, thus leaving the impression that the country has nothing in common with a place like Turkey. In just the past year, the latter has weathered an attempted coup, a large-scale purging of key institutions by the ruling regime, and a president who seems increasingly unstable. But as Basharat Peer makes clear in his new book, A Question of Order, the two places have more similarities than you might think. -- Isaac Chotiner, Slate Peer's illuminating little book provides a ground-level account of this phenomenon in India and Turkey, revealing striking parallels between the two cases....With a keen journalist's eye, Peer observes how various kinds of people--politicians, shopkeepers, intellectuals--experience these regime transitions. He finds that the most profound change is also the most subtle: a slow and sometimes imperceptible erosion of civic culture and political norms that undermines the democratic spirit. -- John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs An impressive and sharply written book....Recent events in democracies of both East and West are stirring fears of destructive majoritarianism. Strongmen everywhere are rediscovering 'the art of converting citizens' fears and insecurities into electoral support.' This timely book sounds an ominous warning. -- William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News Peer's analysis of how these two strongmen have risen to supreme power in their respective countries is incisive and compelling. -- Los Angeles Review of Books A Kashmiri journalist examines a new generation of tyrants threatening the (illusory) promises of liberal democracy and astutely delineates a troubling global move toward the right wing. - Kirkus Reviews Basharat Peer's new book is impeccably timed. Amid all this loose talk of an authoritarian wave, an in-depth comparison of two oft-cited cases is welcome. - Bookforum


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