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The crisis of liberal democracy is roundly decried today.Liberal democracy is also being undermined by a tendency to emphasize "liberal" at the expense of "democracy".The value of Mounk's book is to highlight the importance of both of liberal democracy's constitutive terms.We need restraints on the exercise of political power to prevent majorities (or those in power) from riding roughshod over the rights of minorities (or those not in power). Liberal democracy is inherently fragile because reconciling its terms does not produce a natural political equilibrium. Thus, liberal democracy has a tendency to deteriorate into one or the other of its perversions – illiberal democracy or undemocratic liberalism.Elsewhere, in the developing world, popular mobilization occurred in the absence of a liberal tradition or liberal practices. Liberal democracy was rarely a sustainable outcome.
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