While some autocrats make plain their dictatorial rule, many others run “zombie democracies,” as author Kenneth Roth describes those governments that are democratic in name only. His informative article dissects the autocrat’s playbook – limit the media, game the judicial system, and buy off military and business elites – and the way it gives the appearance of democracy. Roth places the onus on true democracies to expose the impostors.
About the Author
Kenneth Roth is an attorney and the executive director of Human Rights Watch.