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The year 2016 showed that the durability of liberal democracy can no longer be taken for granted, even in the West.The political upheavals of 2016 suggest that many people are frustrated with democratic inaction.Democratic countries' political establishments seem to be in a permanent state of torpor, fueling voter demand for strong leaders who promise to smash through political gridlock and sweep away bureaucratic resistance to bold new policies.Interestingly, many of the people who supported these reforms also favored "strong leaders".While some strong leaders managed to implement reforms quickly, the measures benefited only a minority of people, and many of them were eventually reversed.The damage caused by certain unpopular reforms lasted far longer than the reforms themselves.Because truly democratic policies must be inclusive, implementing reforms in a democracy takes time and effort; but the painful process of building broad pro-reform coalitions also ensures that those policies will endure.In the long run, inclusive reforms stick, and quick and dirty reforms do not.
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