Can Najib do that in GE-14–Read this New York Times Article by Amanda Taub

April 20, 2017

Can Najib do that in GE-14–Read this New York Times Article  by Amanda Taub

The recent referendum in Turkey, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed a narrow majority of votes to expand his presidential authority, is the latest example of a puzzling phenomenon: Democratically elected leaders who triumph in elections even as they move toward autocracy by undermining checks and balances and consolidating power.

Today, the most common way for a democracy to collapse is through the actions of an elected incumbent, not a coup or revolution. Hugo Chávez, elected to four terms as president of Venezuela, used his time in office to dismantle the institutions of Venezuelan democracy and expand his own authority. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has so thoroughly concentrated power in his own hands that many observers now refer to Russia as an “elected dictatorship.” And in Turkey, Mr. Erdogan appears to be following that well-trodden path.

This phenomenon, which experts call “authoritarianization,” highlights a deep vulnerability built into the structure of democracy itself. Once in power, unscrupulous leaders can sometimes manipulate the political environment to their own benefit, making it more likely that they will be victorious in future contests. By winning those elections, they gain the stamp of democratic legitimacy — even for actions that ultimately undermine democratic norms.

Manipulating and winning elections has become a kind of exploit in the rules of political legitimacy — a way for would-be autocrats to hack the system… READ ON: Click on picture.

3 thoughts on “Can Najib do that in GE-14–Read this New York Times Article by Amanda Taub

  1. If love makes a person one-eye blind, religion can, in rural setting, make both eyes blind. It may take decades to change these people’s thinking, perhaps may be never.

    They are worth being studied by sociologists to find out why they behave so. They are deeply religious and as such are expected to keep away from everything haram – from food to crooked, corrupt and self-enriching politicians. Yet they voter for these haram politicians enabling them to win elections and comfortably too, again and again. It makes one wonder who is more haram – the politicians or the rural folks who could not resist bribes?

    Cash is king. Najib is king. What more is there to say?

  2. If one studies the record of democracies (of the one-man-one-vote variety) in recent times and puts it against dictatorships…one will find that democracies do not have that much to shout about… they may be infinitely more desirable but have they delivered…?

    Since Turkey is mentioned, let us just see this country for a moment… the country has been kept stable not by democracy but by the military…and no matter how much the current government fiddle around with the constitution and rejoice at their achievement, it will be the armed forces who will eventually have the last say…and that will be good for the country…because the military know well that Ataturk got it right…

  3. ………………………………… experience tells me that once I am retired I have to live on half my last drawn salary………………………………….

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