Download Citation on ResearchGate | The Rise of Illiberal Democracy | Around the world, democratically elected regimes are routinely Fareed Zakaria. Almost a decade ago, Fareed Zakaria published an article claiming that ‘illiberal democracies’, i.e., countries combining the presence of free and fair elections. An illiberal democracy, also called a partial democracy, low intensity democracy, empty The term illiberal democracy was used by Fareed Zakaria in a regularly cited article in the journal Foreign Affairs. . The Rise of Illiberal Democracy , Fareed Zakaria, Foreign Affairs, November/ December ; Liberalism and.

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These illiberal governments do not have strong separation of powers in their government branches. Retrieved 19 June Zakaria seems to ignore the fact that once free elections have been suspended a democracy ceases to exist. Consequently, although technically free and fair multi-party elections are regularly conducted, the political realities in Singapore including fear and self-censorship make participation in opposition politics extremely difficult, leaving the dominant ruling party as the only credible option at the polls.

The cause for such inequality is to prevent any one State from having too much power. With that concept in mind, and seeing that Iraqi Constitution now really tries to be both now, it cannot survive.

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These illiberal governments allow leaders to presume they have a mandate from their election to make policy decisions for their constituency as if it was a unified block, instead of individuals with varied backgrounds, beliefs, interests, and concerns.

At that time, it was structured as a relatively liberal democracy, albeit with some internal security laws that allowed for detention without trial. Zakaria believes it takes time for democracies to develop true constitutional republics, but slow movement to the goal is far better than embracing only the concept of free elections, and then discarding independent judiciaries, independent liliberal, and individual rights.


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House of Anansi Press. A classic demkcracy of an illiberal democracy is Singapore. Turkey’s transition into an illiberal democracy – CNN Video”. Zakaria believes that constitutional democracies encapsulate og less belligerent attitude to its neighbors because the people within them would rather seek the benefits of trade and economic growth than spend money to force adoption of any particular belief system.

Zakaria believes that constitutional liberalism can bring democracy, but not vice versa.

Political systems introductions Types of democracy. Zakaria advances institutions like the World Trade Organizationilkiberal Federal Reserve Systemand a check on power in the form of the judiciary to promote democracy and limit the power of people which can be destructive. These illiberal governments allow the accumulation of power within a strong executive branch.

Essentials of Comparative Democrcy. Effects on health and education are as strong as those of democracy and are significantly better than in non-electoral autocracy. But around the world, the two concepts are coming apart. Separation Associated state Dominion Chiefdom.

Essay on Zakaria – The Rise of Illiberal Democracy

The growth of illiberal democracies will eventually give democracy in general a bad name that will be a hindrance when trying to promote its benefits or at least the benefits of constitutional democracies to emerging governments.

There is a spectrum of illiberal democracies: Authoritarian and yhe forms of government. Zakaria points out that in the Westelectoral democracy and civil liberties of speech, religion, etc. This enabled them to accumulate illicit wealth and draw from state resources without legal consequence.

A Critical Note on ‘The Rise of Illiberal Democracy’

And so in this sense the new state that we are constructing in Hungary is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state. Indeed, he rewrote the Hungarian Constitution to reflect Fidesz’s illiberal values, and has an authoritarian-like hold on Hungary, according to Freedom House.


Jennifer Gandhi argues that many autocrats farees elections in their governance to stabilize and reinforce their regimes. The fifteenth, seventeenth, nineteenth, increased democratic participation while the twenty-second limited it.

Writers such as Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way reject the concept of an illiberal democracy, saying it only “muddies the waters” on the basis that if a country does not have opposition parties and an independent media, it is not democratic. Views Read Edit View history. The rulers may centralize powers between branches of the central government and local government exhibiting no separation of powers. Of course, that is exactly the opposite of what Zakaria would argue. Empire Hegemony Unitary state.

Hitler faced the scourge of hyperinflation. Non-governmental organizations may face onerous regulations or simply be prohibited. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Government seems to have the power to restrict citizen voting rights because no declaration of what traits a voter must have for the Federal Government exists. Clearly the will of the people required solutions to these problems, but without constitutional restraints, democracies soon become illiberal ones.

The rate at which journalists have been murdered in Russia shows the limits of freedom of speech; most major television networks and newspapers are state-owned or influenced by the government and openly support parties that support the government during elections. Zakaria does not ignore the fact that the election of popular leaders and their subsequent suspension of constitutional protocols typically occurs because of threats the populace face seem more dangerous than the consolidation of power within the executive.

The Iraqi Constitution does forbid physical coercion of self-incriminating testimony, however stops short of preventing it altogether.