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When an Election Damages Democracy

Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx via AP Donald Trump at a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on October 10, 2016.  This article appears under the title "When Elections Fail" in the Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here.  O ne of the great advantages of liberal democracy is the potential for self-correction. If an election works out badly, the next one offers an opportunity to make a better choice, and in the meantime constitutional guarantees keep the winners from abusing their power.
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