Cómo mueren las democracias, rápida y lentamente


How Democracies Die, Fast and Slow

Resumen: El espíritu y la sustancia de la democracia pueden perecer de múltiples maneras, a diferentes ritmos. Es necesario identificar y comprender estos ritmos variables del democidio, no sólo porque subrayan el punto descriptivo-analítico de que no hay una única forma en que las democracias se destruyen, o lleguen por accidente o por diseño a sabotearse a sí mismas. El conocimiento sobre los modos y ritmos variables de declive de la democracia sirve como detector de alertas tempranas, una forma de detectar los primeros síntomas de democidio para poder encontrar estrategias preventivas que defiendan y den vida a las democracias en apuros. 

Abstract: The spirit and substance of democracy can perish in multiple ways, in different tempos. These variable rhythms of democide need to be identified and understood, not just because they underscore the descriptive-analytic point that there is no single way in which democracies are destroyed, or come by accident or design to sabotage themselves. Knowledge of the variable modes and rates of decline of democracy serves as an early warning detector, a way of spotting the first symptoms of democide so that pre-emptive strategies can be found to defend and enliven democracies in trouble.

Palabras clave

Democracia; democidio; crisis; sociedad civil; democracy; democide; crisis; civil society

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