Milan W. Svolik

Milan W. Svolik is professor of political science at Yale University and the author of The Politics of Authoritarian Rule (2012). His current research examines why ordinary people support politicians who undermine democracy.

July 2019, Volume 30, Issue 3

Polarization versus Democracy

Why do ordinary people vote to return to office undemocratic incumbents? New survey experiments in several countries suggest that many voters are willing to put their partisan interests above democratic principles—a finding that may be key to understanding democratic backsliding.