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The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy

William A. Galston



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Yale University
10 March 2020
The Great Recession, institutional dysfunction, a growing divide between urban and rural prospects, and failed efforts to effectively address immigration have paved the way for a populist backlash that disrupts the postwar bargain between political elites and citizens. Whether today's populism represents a corrective to unfair and obsolete policies or a threat to liberal democracy itself remains up for debate. Yet this much is clear: these challenges indict the triumphalism that accompanied liberal democratic consolidation after the collapse of the Soviet Union. To respond to today's crisis, good leaders must strive for inclusive economic growth while addressing fraught social and cultural issues, including demographic anxiety, with frank attention. Although reforms may stem the populist tide, liberal democratic life will always leave some citizens unsatisfied. This is a permanent source of vulnerability, but liberal democracy will endure so long as citizens believe it is worth fighting for.
By:   William A. Galston
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 202mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   224g
ISBN:   9780300251807
ISBN 10:   0300251807
Series:   Politics and Culture
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William A. Galston is a former policy advisor to President Bill Clinton and currently holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he serves as a senior fellow.

Reviews for Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy

[Galston's] is the right way for any liberal to think and write about a victorious right-wing populist insurgency: not with terror and dismay that democracy has met its match, but with patient, informed arguments about why it happened-and what to do about it. -Barton Swaim, The Wall Street Journal [Galston's] willingness to recommend difficult shifts in policy is brave. -Financial Times Galston provides a reminder that the [liberal democracy's] great virtue, compared with its authoritarian, theocratic, and socialist rivals, is its ability for self-reflection and correction. Galston is betting that the democratic spirit is still alive. -Foreign Affairs This remarkable volume is at once a superb analysis of the crisis of liberal democracy and a model of fresh thinking about how to reform and reinvent our divided country. -Carl Gershman, President, the National Endowment for Democracy Bill Galston is one of the most acute observers of contemporary American politics. Anti-Pluralism moves seamlessly from the theory of democracy to concrete proposals for how to deal with the current wave of populism that serves as an antidote to our current pessimism. -Francis Fukuyama, senior fellow at Stanford and author of Political Order and Political Decay

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