Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization


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Brookings Institution Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Carothers is senior vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and director of Carnegie's Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. A leading authority on democracy and international support for democracy, he is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books and articles on these topics.

Andrew O'Donohue is a research fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center and was previously a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


"A must-read for anyone concerned about the fate of contemporary democracies. Democracies Divided offers new insights into the causes of polarization, illuminates the ways polarization can harm democracy, and explores a range of real-world efforts to overcome polarization."--Steven Levitsky, Harvard University, co-author of How Democracies Die

"At a moment when American society is being divided by profound polarization, Carothers and O'Donohue provide new and necessary perspective by focusing on polarization as an international problem. Their insights will help Americans, Europeans, and citizens around the world identify why polarization is worsening and what can be done to counter it."--Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post

"An exceptionally rich, insightful, and timely analysis of one of the most serious challenges to democracy. The lucid and incisive case studies vividly demonstrate the danger posed by intense polarization, and Carothers and O'Donohue urge creative initiatives to bridge political gulfs. This is a must-read for scholars and practitioners of democracy."--Larry Diamond, Stanford University, author of Ill Winds

"The collection is important for providing information that will help readers grasp this worldwide problem. Highly recommended."--D. Schwam-Baird, CHOICE