“Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization”, Andrew O’Donohue and Thomas Carothers (eds.) (IPC, Turkey)

A vital new book, Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization, which includes a chapter entitled “The Islamist-Secularist Divide and Turkey’s Descent into Severe Polarization” by IPC Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and co-edited by IPC Research Fellow Andrew O’Donohue (together with Thomas Carothers), has been published by the Brookings Institution Press.

Political polarization is endangering democracy not only in Turkey but all around the world, from Brazil, India, and Israel to Hungary, Poland, and the United States. Why is polarization coming to a boil in so many different places all at once? Are the roots and drivers of polarization similar everywhere or marked by substantial differences? And most importantly, how can severely divided democracies restore at least some political consensus?

Democracies Divided tackles these questions through in-depth case studies spanning every region of the world by notable country experts. It highlights the key drivers of polarization—like divisive political leaders, confrontational opposition strategies, and certain political institutions—and identifies the most important guardrails that can help keep polarization in check. The book also distills from its diverse case studies a range of possible ways for countering polarization, from institutional reforms to political leadership.

More information about the book here.