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TheEconomist: “Zombie Democracy”

June 21, 2013

The Economist (print edition): “Majoritarianism: Zombie democracy“, referencing the political situation in Turkey:

Majoritarianism—the credo of an expanding group of elected but autocratic rulers around the world, which holds that electoral might always makes you right—is not true democracy …

The majoritarian world view espoused by Mr [Prime Minister] Erdogan and leaders of his ilk is a kind of zombie democracy. It has the outward shape of the real thing, but it lacks the heart.

In this context, the zombie democracy is the failure of minority rights and an escalation of us-vs-them rhetoric.

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