Jason Brownlee: Turkey Shakes up Democratic Theory

Jason Brownlee’s Monkey Cage post discusses how Turkey’s authoritarian descent shakes up democratic theory.

Brownlee writes, “Wealthy democracies don’t become dictatorships. For a generation that adage has provided one of the firmest laws of modern democratization … Turkey’s experience suggests that the economic forces that previously bolstered democracy appear to be weakening, perhaps dramatically. The causes of this shift — and whether it can be offset by stronger opposition parties and tighter constraints on executive power — remain to be determined.”