Report - Brookings Institution

The Democracy Playbook: Preventing and Reversing Democratic Backsliding

  • Alina Polyakova
  • Norman Eisen
  • Andrew Kenealy
  • Susan Corke
| November 2019

Executive Summary

The Democracy Playbook sets forth strategies and actions that supporters of liberal democracy can implement to halt and reverse democratic backsliding and make democratic institutions work more effectively for citizens. The strategies are deeply rooted in the evidence: what the scholarship and practice of democracy teach us about what does and does not work. This playbook is organized into two principal sections: one dealing with actions that domestic actors can take within democracies, including retrenching ones, and the second section addressing the role of international actors in supporting and empowering pro-democracy actors on the ground.


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For Academic Citation: Taussig, Torrey, Alina Polyakova, Norman Eisen, Andrew Kenealy and Susan Corke. “The Democracy Playbook: Preventing and Reversing Democratic Backsliding.” Brookings Institution, November 2019.

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