Bolsonaro and Trump: Are Elections Important?

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“In a constitutional democracy, elections are important, but not for the reasons that supporters of unlimited democracy think they are. Reflecting on this is useful in the context of the January 6 House Committee and of recent declarations by the president of Brazil, Jail Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro fears losing the upcoming election in Brazil and suggests that he could be the victim of electoral fraud as, he also suggests, Trump was …. In a constitutional democracy, elections are important for basically one reason: they allow a peaceful transfer of power.” (06/11/22)