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This Is How Democracy Dies

A new report shows that people around the world are collectively losing faith in democratic systems.
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Citizens in stable democracies are supposed to be satisfied with the democratic process. Individual politicians or administrations may be unpopular. But if the public lacks commitment to democratic principles, or loses faith in democratic institutions, demagogues and opportunists may brush these aside.

That’s why we were concerned when, four years ago, we that support for democracy , as well as many other countries , was nearing dangerous lows. Some scholars saw while others disagreed. They that the Western public remained reasonably content with democracy as a form

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