On why young democracies are often unstable and prone to authoritarianism

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“ the problem of consolidating a young democracy is particularly acute in deeply divided societies where structural conditions such as poverty, the high concentration of natural resources or ethnic fragmentation may give politicians a reason to centralize economic and political power, instead to distribute it ”

Ethan B. Kapstein & Nathan Converse, The Fate of Young Democracies (Study)

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