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Citizens may be losing control in democracies

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We know by now what illiberal democracies are. They are countries like Russia, Hungary and Poland, where the formal rules of democratic elections are preserved — though at times with credible claims of vote-rigging, especially in Russia — but where an authoritarian government so dominates the political and social space, so weakens the institutions of civil society, the news media, and the academy, and so plays on popular fears of foreigners and internal minorities, that choice is effectively skewed in one direction.

They are illiberal, it’s often claimed,........

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