Daniel Ziblatt

August 15, 1972


Daniel Ziblatt is Professor of Government at Harvard University, and served in 2014 as Interim Director of Harvard University's Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies. His research and teaching interests include democratization, state-building, comparative politics, and historical political economy, with a particular interest in European political development.

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“Institutions become political weapons, wielded forcefully by those who control them against those who do not. This is how elected autocrats subvert democracy—packing and “weaponizing” the courts and other neutral agencies, buying off the media and the private sector (or bullying them into silence), and rewriting the rules of politics to tilt the playing field against opponents. The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy—gradually, subtly, and even legally—to kill it.”
Daniel Ziblatt, How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

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