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Democracy - missing works cited Democracy has become the most widespread political form of government during the past decade, after the fall of all its alternatives. During the second part of the 20th century, the 3 main enemies of democracy, namely communism, fascism and Nazism, lost most of their power and influence. However, democracy is still only to be found in less than half of this world's countries. China with a fifth of the total population "had never experienced a democratic government" and Russia still doesn't have a well established democracy....   [tags: Politics Political Democracy] 1025 words
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Islam and Democracy - ... However, Lewis uses a hadith as opposed to a Qur’anic verse. Although a hadith provides a genuine source of information, the Qur’an is said to be the primary resource that is used and believed by all types of Muslims, whether it be Sunni or Shi’a, emphasizing its universal application. Nonetheless, the idea still correlates with democracy seeing as diversification and the opinions of the community are considered healthy for parliamentary government. Unlike Ahmad, Lewis provides more religious evidence to back up his claim of compatibility by using another hadith....   [tags: islam, democracy]
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Democracy in Latin America - ... Although the reason why Venezuela democratic system is low is because of the electoral laws were a failure and people were dissatisfied by how things were developing. There was uncertainty about the future because of the unexpected crisis that may involve in a democratic society, but also the fact that there was absence of strong organizational (Burnell, 1999). ‘the principal democratic governance problem in Paraguay is that the major political parties seek to capture the state and use their power over public resources for their benefit and that of their allies.’ A country that had faced a low quality of democracy in Latin America is Paraguay, where Paraguay and Venezuela are the worst democratic countries....   [tags: Struggle for Democracy]
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Democracy: Yesterday and Today - ... Instead of the so called “democracy” in the United States, Douglass says to “roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of every-day practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival”.3 He doesn’t think that America is as free as everyone believes it is. Douglass sees other countries as being freer than America because all of their citizens are given chances to make their country the way they want it....   [tags: Politics, Democracy]
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Democracy: A Unique Form of People Power - The word democracy is derived from the Greek words of “demos”, referring to people and “Kratos”, meaning power . The Greeks are credited with developing the earliest forms of democracy around 2,500 years ago. India, Russia, Japan and many other nations have only recently become democratic. Therefore, despite its lengthy history as a concept, democracy has only really become a global reality during the latter half of the 20th century. Democracy means many things to many different people. Winston Churchill has the belief that “…democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Democracy is certainly a form of government, whereby the people rule through their elected representatives....   [tags: democracy, government,] 1105 words
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Are Free Elections Necessary to Have a Democracy? - ... The four countries that will be evaluated in this essay are Albania, Croatia, Latvia, and Ukraine. By studying countries that seem to share similarities with each other, this essay hopes to find differences within these similar countries and highlight the reasons why these differences can make one country more democratic than another. Albania started to develop some liberal policies in the late 1980s after the death of communist dictator Enver Hoxha (Freedom House, 2013). The Democratic Party led by Sali Berisha won the election in in 2005 and is currently the government in Albania (ibid.)....   [tags: Democracy and Elections]
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Democracy Outlined by Plato and Aristotle - ... In short, it outlines the problem that there can be no correct leadership in a democracy. The leader elected by the people must act accordingly to secure and maintain his position, as a result the leader cannot act in the best interest of the society, only in the interests of the ‘mob.’ Secondly, Plato argues that within a democracy there will always be factions or a group of people that believe they are right, these factions gain power and support through their wealth and property. This problem creates conflicts and a breakdown of society which Plato believes could lead to civil war....   [tags: democracy, athens, greece]
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The Implications of Quasi-Democracy in China - ... Village committee elections give hope to the possibility of liberal democratization of the rest of China. Horsley claims that the introduction of competitive elections has opened the path to the rule of law and the spread of democracy in China even through Communism (40). The elections are a result of the destruction by the decade long Cultural Revolution (Horsley 40). Party leaders hoped to re-establish political and economic stability by allowing villagers to choose leaders and making leaders accountable to their constituents (Horsley 40)....   [tags: democracy, Muhlberger, Communist China]
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Cleisthenes: Creating an Effective Democracy - ... By doing nothing he was labeled the Father of Lawmaking, but one cannot be labeled Father of Democracy when he abandons his post in times of dissention. The method of breaking Athens into townships would quickly be rewritten by Cleisthenes to create a unified Athens with a successful political system as soon as he was elected Archon. By splitting Athens into ten different districts, or phyles, Cleisthenes managed to make a government very similar to what we have today in the United States. Inside every phyle there were village councils, called demes, and every council appointed a leader....   [tags: Father of Democracy, Greece, Government]
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The Current State of Mexican Democracy - ... It’s success are at the legal and institutional frameworks of government. It’s laws and and electoral system rival that of many consolidated democracies and perform quite well, but this has created the governments to be more effective than accountable and in turn this can be extremely problematic to the citizenry (Emmerich 13-14). Also, the weakening of the “imperial” presidency and the strengthening of the judicial and legislative branches have been very successful(Freedomhouse 1). Another problem that hinders democratic consolidation is the weak rule of law....   [tags: politics, new democracy]
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Democracy in Lord of the Flies - This quote shows the significance of democracy and also highlights the only way for a democratic government to succeed is by having everyone working together. Our world today is separated by countries that each has their own suited government. However, a democracy is the most used and suitable government in order for any nation to succeed. Hence, a democratic government would be best suited for the boys on the island. This means a society would only be run by the way people want it to be run. The boys on the island have a decision of whether to build a society or to struggle for survival....   [tags: Democracy, Lord of the Flies, ]
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Intrinsic Human Dignity and Equality in Relation to Liberal Democracy - Liberal democracy is prevalent in the West. This political arrangement guarantees the rights of a people in relation to their government. Many Westerners, unfortunately, cannot give a philosophical explanation and/or justification for it. Ultimately, an examination of liberal democracy will demonstrate that it rests on notions of human dignity, equality and happiness, which are not recent developments in philosophy, but have their origins in classical and scholastic thought. It is in said examination that one can reasonably conclude that liberal democracy while not the best system of government is certainly better than the alternatives....   [tags: Politics, Democracy] 1742 words
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Immunitarian Democracy - Immunitarian Democracy 1. Does "community" refer to democracy. If not, could it or is it too deeply embedded in the conceptual lexicon of the Romantic, authoritarian and racist Right. This is the question, one already asked by American neo-communitarianism, that is emerging again in Europe at the precise moment when, some, especially in France and in Italy, are risking thinking community anew. At issue is not only a legitimate question, but in some ways even an inevitable one, in which democractic culture deeply examines its own theoretical precepts and future....   [tags: Democracy Politics Community]
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The Growth of Democracy in Britain after 1860 - For the to have been a growth in democracy in Britain after 1860 due to social and economic change several factors would have had to of been involved, such as changing attitudes towards the working class, industrial revolution, the effects of WW1 and the effects if the media, press and writers. Political changes could also have played a part in the growth of democracy due to different political advantages and the changing political ideas. By 1869, changes in social classes were becoming more obvious....   [tags: Democracy, Britain, history,] 879 words
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The Evolution Of American Democracy - The Evolution of the American Democracy "United States can be seen as the first liberal democracy. The United States Constitution, adopted in 1788, provided for an elected government and protected civil rights and liberties. On the American frontier, democracy became a way of life, with widespread social, economic and political equality. The system gradually evolved, from Jeffersonian Democracy or the First Party System to Jacksonian Democracy or the Second Party System and later to the Third Party System....   [tags: US History Democracy] 1410 words
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United States as a Democracy - United States as a Democracy Thomas Jefferson once wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, this quote stands tall in defining and describing the type of government the United States has created for the people....   [tags: Democracy Government Politics] 1860 words
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Political Economy And Democracy - American Capitalism and American Democracy have always gone hand in hand for the entire history of the United States since it's founding, and many say one cannot exist without the other. Many people today commonly associate Capitalism with Democracy when asked about the United States in general. But this statement is inherently flawed; capitalism is based on profits for the few while democracy is based on rights for many. So how can such a contradictory statement be good for the society as a whole....   [tags: Capitalism Democracy Government Politics] 1715 words
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Democracy - Churchill’s claim that “democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried” is deliberately provocative and intended to challenge the reader’s simplistic ideal that democracy is without faults. There are an estimated 114 democracies in the world today (Wong, Oct 3rd lecture). A figure that has increased rapidly in the last century not necessarily because democracy is the best form of government, but primarily for reason that in practice, under stable social, economic and political conditions, it has the least limitations in comparison to other forms of government....   [tags: Government] 1621 words
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Democracy - Although there are many virtues to enjoy about democracy and democratic forms of government and political systems, this form of government has still many impending challenges yet to be accomplished. In that sense, I agree with Winston Churchill, on the grounds that “democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried” (Churchill). Looking at democracy through both its weaknesses and strengths in comparison to other forms of government makes it evident that it is the best form of political system we have, democracy has been subject to problems with, tyranny of the minority, and collective action....   [tags: Politics, American Government, Globalization] 1493 words
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Democracy - ... For democracy to be functional, public discourse and dialogue must also be present between the citizenry and the representative body in government. Political representatives are responsible for serving the needs and interests of the demos. Crick states, “Representatives must be politicians: if they all simply represent their immediate constituents and did not mediate, compromise, and occasionally think of the interests of government, they might survive, but it is unlikely that the Republic would” (In Defence of Politics 69)....   [tags: Internship Experiences]
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Democracy - Like a living organism, democracy must be born into a time where the parents, circumstances, are right to understand the potential of such a child, democracy, and the soil, society, may be described as the type of state that is ready to accept and nurture that child. Metaphors aside, democracy has been noted to provide a better opportunity for human development. Democracy is also commonly defined as a political system that is associated with free and fair elections. A democratic regime simply refers to a system of governance that places sovereignty in the citizen’s hands which allow them to contribute to the process of decision-making through their elected officials....   [tags: Government] 1428 words
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Democracy - Representation has been a core value of democracy; thus, industrialized nations who are democratic are very much interested in effectively practicing representation. California has been a state that has struggled with representing its residents. Lustig notes that the core of American democracy is representation. Witko emphasizes that the legislature is the most representative body of all the three branches for each legislator is suppose to represent their respective constituents. According to Lustig, California is currently experiencing a crisis of representation; although, California is experiencing a representation dilemma, it does not mean that California does not represent its residents....   [tags: Politics, Representation] 2399 words
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Democracy - ... It seems reasonable, while depleting the numbers of MPs, to propose a system of direct voting, which is now possible as a result of new technology. Removing the requirement to vote on all legislation should take the heat out of Parliament. Parliament will propose legislation and the people will decide whether to adopt it. It should not be a resigning matter if the people were to reject some proposed legislation. The need to appoint legislators, to vote on our behalf, was the inevitable consequence of increasing population size....   [tags: Europe, Governement] 1848 words
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Democracy - ... 81). The continued use of the electoral college allows for some states to carry much more weight in electing a president than their population should. A popular vote would allow for every vote to count without having a winner take all system at the state level of electoral votes. The larger issue is that under the current system a candidate who receives a plurality or majority might not win the electoral college (p. 79). The opportunities that are denied to so many by the powers controlled by so few....   [tags: Rights, Opportunities, Resources]
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Democracy - Democracy has many important values that we see practiced in democratic nations such as the United States, representation is one if not the most important democratic value. In many nations, voting, a granted right of citizenship has been given additional importance by making it a mandatory civil activity in industrialized nations. Voting is the first step of the process of representation since this activity allows us to elect officials who supposedly represent the interest of their constituents....   [tags: American Government, Politics, California] 2126 words
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Analysis Of 'Democracy As A Universal Value' By Amartya Sen - In his article, Democracy as a Universal Value, Amartya Sen asserts that democracy is a universal value. In order to develop his argument Sen needs to state his definition of democracy and define what he means by universal value. In the course of Sen's argument he gives his view of the relationship between democracy and the economy. He then defends his view of democracy as a universal value against a main argument that deals with cultural differences between regions. Amartya Sen uses a maximum definition of democracy....   [tags: Democracy Value Analysis Sen ] 1528 words
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Democracy - Democracy I. Meaning of Democracy II. Summary of Places and Dates III. Features of Democracy IV. Types of Democracy V. Early Democracy A. Athens B. Rome VI. Middle Ages and England VII. The Renaissance A. United States of America B. France VIII. Modern Times IX. Important People      Demos Kratia, or democracy, as it is used today, means “ the people rule.” A democracy is a form of government is run by the people of that country through elections and representation. A democracy is really a form of a republic known as a democratic republic....   [tags: Politics Democratic Republic]
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Democracy - Democracy may be a word familiar to most, but still I would like to mention the fact that demos means pertaining to people and kratios means to rule. Thus this word original coined by the Greeks means rule of people as a whole and not by an individual or a privileged soul. It is a concept still misunderstood and misused in some parts of the world where totalitarian regimes and dictatorships have witnessed popular support by usurping democratic labels like in Iraq and Pakistan. By the dictionary definition, democracy is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system....   [tags: essays research papers] 1099 words
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Democracy - Democracy The word democracy literally means "the government of the people" (demos). Plato, of course, is using the term to refer to the democracy of Athens, a small city-state where every adult male citizen was a member of the Assembly, and so had a voice in governmental policy. But in Athens more than half of the population were slaves or foreign residents, neither of whom had any civic rights. Hence, the defects that Plato sees in Athenian democracy are probably not the same ones he would find in such modern-day democracies as the United States or France....   [tags: Papers] 662 words
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Democracy - Traditionally, the purpose of democracy is to prevent the accumulation of too much authority in the hands of one or a few. It rests on a balance of giving enough power for what Alexander Hamilton called "vigorous and energetic government" and avoiding giving out so much power that it becomes abused. Democracy is believed by some, such as Winston Churchill, to be the "least bad" form of government. By creating a system where the public can remove administrations, without changing the legal basis for government, democracy aims at reducing political uncertainty and instability, and assuring citizens that however much they may disagree with present policies, they will be given a regular chance to change those who are in power, or change policies with which they disagree....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Democracy - Democracy This essay will now discuss the different forms of government, which are monarchy and aristocracy. In this essay I will also answer the question “Is Democracy the Best Form of Government?” My basic answer to that question is yes, I do think it is the best form of governments. I will be giving reason to back up my answer to this question. This essay will now discuss the different forms of government and the answer to the question “is Democracy the Best Form of Government?” in more depth and detail....   [tags: miscellaneous]
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Democracy - Democracy When I think of the word democracy, I think of Government. Democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. This means that Government must protect the basic rights, or liberties, of all people. This is the system of government that United States are base on. The United States, Cuba, and Democracy During the Clinton administration, the sentiment has been proclaimed on so many occasions by the president and other political leaders, and dutifully reiterated by the media, that the thesis: "Cuba is the only non-democracy in the Western Hemisphere" is now nothing short of received wisdom in the United States....   [tags: Papers] 670 words
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Democracy - Democracy Expansion In a democracy, the government is the spokesperson for the people and the needs they would like to be met. The government is a group of people in the state who have the ultimate authority to act on behalf of that state. A democracy is a state in which citizens vote to choose the best candidate. Democracy derived from liberalism, which is the ideology that individuals develop their capacities to the fullest. A democracy reflects the liberal value that individuals are responsible for their own choices....   [tags: essays research papers] 1032 words
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Democracy - Democracy A democracy is a political system in which the people of a country rule directly or indirectly with free and frequent elections. In many democracies, such as the United States, both the executive head of government and the legislature are elected by the people. This is also called representative democracies. The representatives, invested with the confidence of the voters, then try to convey the interests and desires of the voters by taking part in the governmental process....   [tags: Papers] 348 words
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Democracy - In some nations, if you asked the people what they are most proud of about their own country, they might tell you about art, or architecture, great literary works, or the natural beauty of the land. But here in America, one of the things we are most proud of is our system of government. Being a democracy. The freedom to chose our own leaders. It’s ironic that the thing we are most proud of is not strictly true. We are not a direct democracy, in pure form, as Richard Parker points out. We are a Republic....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Democracy - Democracy In the 2000 presidential election, less than 59% of our population saw fit to even vote. 80.5% of those voting were white, that's roughly 60% of the white population. Of the meager 19.5% of the vote the non-white population represented, less than 51% of non-whites able to vote actually did (Census). What does this mean. How can democracy – a republic like ours – correctly function without a more complete representation of opinion from its people. Former UCLA Law professor Julian Eule argued in his essay “Judicial Review of Direct Democracy” that the framers of our constitution set up the republic to in effect protect us from ourselves, to protect us from this sort of majority rule.(Eule) I believe that this misrepresentation is responsible for racist legislation and legislators....   [tags: Politics Voters Voting Essays]
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Analysis of Debating Democracy's "The Media: Vast Wasteland or New Frontier?" - Analysis of Debating Democracy's "The Media: Vast Wasteland or New Frontier?"       In Debating Democracy's "The Media: Vast Wasteland or New Frontier?" Jarol Manheim and Douglas Rushkoff present opposing views of the media. Both authors raise the questions of what the media represents and what messages the media tries to send to the public. Is the media's coverage of events just for entertainment value or do the reports have political content and value. Are the viewers capable of distinguishing between the media's glitz and the real facts....   [tags: Democracy Debates Media Essays] 3790 words
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Democracy An American Novel, by Henry Adams - ... In addition, corruption of some form is always inherent in any government and larger governments have greater corruption. The nature of a republic or democracy calls for a large government to represent the people; therefore, the amount of corruption will naturally be greater in a democracy than in a small government. Partisan loyalty also effects corruption. In a strong party system like the United States, politicians are pressed to support their party’s platform and specific goals despite the moral consequences....   [tags: democray, Henry Adams]
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Inclusive Democracy - The world throughout history has constantly been making evolutionary changes; this is no different for the United States Democracy. There are many models of democracy, such as protective democracy, developmental democracy, pluralist democracy and participatory democracy. However, most of these democracies if not all are governed by the elites in our governmental society, thus they are privileged with more access and benefits from the United States Government. Nevertheless, this has been changing year by year, as we face multidimensional crisis and lead our government into an inclusive democratic system....   [tags: Politics]
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DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT - ... They believe that denial of democratic rights i.e. political liberty and civil rights sometimes encourage economic growth, which is widely known as ‘Lee’s thesis’. Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, argues that democratic freedom is not fit for economic development for all countries. Democratic regimes are weak to pressure for redistribution to lower-income groups, and are encircled by rent-seekers for “directly unproductive profit-seeking activities” (Bardhan 1993, World Bank, 2005)....   [tags: Political System, Government]
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democracy and development - ... Modernization theorist held, first, that developed societies were distinguished by their economic, social, cultural and political modernity, which constracted sharpely with the traditional values of the underdeveloped, developing, backward Third World. Development was thus, clearly about the modernazation of the traditional theories, and economic development clearly revolved around industrialisation and the transfer of an under employed rural labour force to more productibe occupations in the urban industrial sector....   [tags: Global Politics, Economic Behavior] 1665 words
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The changing of Democracy - ... Capitalism allows increased competition between businesses, which leads to “increased quality and decreased prices to the consumer. Capitalism tends to reward the business that produces the highest quality item for the lowest price” (Johnson). Not only is this beneficial to the producer, who earns money, but to the average consumer, who gets high quality goods for lower prices. In a more advanced economy such as this, “the work may really be divided into a much greater number of parts, than in those of a more trifling nature” (Smith)....   [tags: capitalism, african american, economy]
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Representative Democracy - ... It has a more simplified system than the direct democracy by allowing those who have greater knowledge of the parliament and of politics to represent the people. The public are still allowed to participate in the decisions made in parliament through methods such as the media and lobbying of MPs. Despite this, it is still very hard for the public to fully influence the political decisions made. There are often demonstrations by pressure groups and lobbying of MPs and which they occasionally have some effect, politicians tend to act within their party beliefs....   [tags: Government, Representatives, Leaders]
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The Politics of Democracy - ... Furthermore, considering Marquis de Condorcet theory-which could be manifested into implying that the majority will be correct-participatory should lead to more utilitarian laws and legislations (pp 213). However, this argument faults in its application, because it assumes voting to be as simple as right or wrong. Yes we could use technology to help us vote and learn about politics but technology and moreover the media is the biggest problem for this system. The media would surpass the government as they could manipulate the people through information and advertising (not to say that this is not currently happening)....   [tags: Philosophy, Participatory, Representative] 861 words
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Democracy in America - Democracy is a unique type of government, and the purpose of this essay is to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses that a democratic government provides. I will detail that many components of this type of society are both strengths and weakness as each component has beneficial aspects as well as unavoidable pitfalls. A democracy is a government by the people, in which the power is vested in the people themselves. The people then elect representatives who conduct their power in a free electoral system....   [tags: Government]
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The Democracy Superhighway - The Internet has become one of the major sources of news and entertainment for a large percentage of the population of the United States of America. Communication between citizens and the platform to express opinions and ideas to the masses has never been so readily accessible. If one disagrees with the current administration he or she can post their complaint on a forum or a blog. The common man’s opinion can reach more people than ever before. To some this unchecked freedom of information on the Internet is viewed as a threat to democracy....   [tags: The Internet]
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Modern Democracy - In 1947, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill, articulated a scathing opinion of the global political spectrum in the post-war era after witnessing the fall of European fascism in Germany and Italy as well as the impending rise of communism. He remarked, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” This essay agrees vehemently with Churchill’s assertion that democracy – for all of its faults – was, and still is, the world’s preeminent form of government when compared with all other alternatives, notably fascism and communism....   [tags: Political Science] 2102 words
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The History of Democracy - Democracy is a large component within governmental politics in the modern world we live in; some would argue that it is the only true form of “practiced politics” because democracy keeps in mind the interests of other individuals. The realm of democracy is where ideas are shared because not one being will ever possess the notion of an absolute truth. Democracy sanctioned for multiple ideas to be presented which diversified perspectives on a single issue. With democracy’s origins having been recorded to exist in Ancient Greece, this form of “rule” by “the people” as its corresponding roots of “kratos” and “demos” would define it....   [tags: Government]
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Democracy in Syria - ... In legal section we would be creating an independent and comprehensive judiciary which will also help in separation of power between three branches. In terms of economic, we will be laying the foundation for infrastructural development, rationalizing the system of commerce and developing industries. In this model, along with government’s interventions work by people is the central factor for production and with that for economic growth, as it is the work of people that puts all other production factors raw materials, technology, and money to work....   [tags: Post-al-Asad regime, democratization]
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Democracy: An Analysis - Winston Churchill once remarked that “democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”. In agreement with his statement, this paper will examine the problems of democratic governments using specific examples, and compare it to the failure of fascist governments in Nazi Germany and Italy and communist governments in the Soviet Union and China. Theoretically, democracy is a stable form of government where power is in the hands of the people. In a democracy, people have the liberty to elect officials that best represent their interests, and political institutions exist as a result: Benjamin Constant argues in The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of the Moderns that “true modern liberty is individual liberty” and that “political liberty is its guarantee”....   [tags: Analysis, Winston Churchill] 1361 words
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Democracy and the Internet - As the times change, so does the latest technology. In the mid-1900's it was the television, before that the radio, and now in the late-20th and 21st century we have the internet. With the coming of every new media outlet audiences and media moguls migrate. Along with the migrations are the politicians who try to use the new form of media to more easily reach the public. It's come to the point where the internet increasingly work with democracy directly; some elections in the United States even going so far as to hold online polling in a general election....   [tags: Technology, Internet and Political Campaigning] 1562 words
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Democracy Rising? - Since America's tragedy on September 11, 2001 the Middle East has been the epicenter of international attention. Cries for democracy and freedom in the region have permeated the western media. When Iraq was found to be devoid of the Weapons of Mass Destruction, bringing democracy to the country became the new reason for the war. Nearly every first world country in the world is a democracy if not in name then in practice. It would be forgivable to think that democracy is the cause of wealth, civil liberties, and all the things associated with first world countries, for there is almost no wealthy nation today that is not a de facto democracy....   [tags: International Politics]
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Constructing a Democracy - Introduction The construction of a democracy requires vision, ambition and decisiveness because democrats must not only construct the constitution of liberty for their homelands but also build a democracy that delivers a competent state, respectful of its citizens. Democratic designers must construct a regime that rests on a workable balance between the hopes and constraints of their societies and a constitution and institutions that would render the state not just democratic but also effective....   [tags: Government ] 1720 words
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Critiques of Democracy - The various critiques of democratic theories and practices question the purpose and progress of political systems in carrying out promises for its citizens. Realists, such as Max Weber, argue that politics is exploitative because of its ability to perform both evil and good acts. Therefore, to study and endure political life is to know of the dangerous consequences it presents. Norberto Bobbio, a noted neorealist thinker, posits that democracy is represented as a struggle among groups and individuals for power and democracy....   [tags: Government, Politics] 2130 words
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Is Venezuela a Democracy? - Opinions about the state of democratic governance in Venezuela during the government of President Hugo Chávez Frías have been polarized. Some critics come close to labeling it a dictatorship while others, his supporters, claim to be restoring a truly democratic regime to Venezuela. Venezuelan society is polarized along political lines and this climate does not help to consolidate liberal democracy. In such a context, it is easy to fall into simplistic, black and white views; however, it is important to seek a more gradual and balanced appreciation of the complex issues at play....   [tags: Government, Politics] 844 words
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Nationalism and Democracy - Nationalism has played a crucial role in world history over the past centuries. It continues to do so today. For many, nationalism is indelibly associated with some of the worst aspects of modern history, such as the destructive confidence of the Napoleon’s army and the murderous pride of Nazi Germany. Large numbers of people, descent in their hearts, have carried out unbelievable atrocities for no better reason than their nation required them to. Authoritarian and totalitarian regime have crushed dissent, eliminated opposition, and trampled on civil liberties in the name of the nation....   [tags: Government] 1179 words
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Indian Democracy - ... It is established that no person will be allowed to stay in power if the people do not want him/her, almost like the morals that children grow up with. Another aspect of the Indian democracy which worked in its favor is the ratification process for the Constitution. It was made deliberately complicated. Amendments cannot be added or changed easily, each one must be passed by a two-thirds majority in both houses of Parliament. This means that 165 people in the Rajya Sabha, and 364 people in the Lok Sabha must approve of the law or the revision....   [tags: Government, Traditions, Culture] 1656 words
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No Justice in Democracy - ... We believe the gods exist by reason of law / and we live with clear distinctions between unjust and just" (Euripides 110). Unfortunately, this sense of justice could not convince Odysseus, her better in Greek society, to change his mind about sacrificing her daughter. Grief stricken from the loss of her family, she recognized how severely he had wronged her: "you who experienced such things at my hands as you claim you experienced, / but you treat us not well, yet as badly as you can?" (Euripides 89)....   [tags: Hecube, injustice, greek society]
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Transition to Democracy - Since the initiation of the Third Wave of Democracy, several countries have attempted to form a democratic system of governs. We take note that not all have succeeded. At the dawn of this era, democracy was being applied to countries with no prior history of a governing body that was place by the people for the people hence success of such a system could not be guaranteed because of the innumerous variables that existed in each country. People being the highlighted factor of variance, it may become easier to understand how countries such as Pakistan and Nigeria, both countries prior to the Wave had no local governing machinery....   [tags: Political Science]
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Protagoras & Democracy - In the “Protagoras,” Socrates and Protagoras debate why participation in government is open to all citizens, but technical matters, such as health, works of art, and the construction of buildings require qualified individuals. The argument presupposes that integrity and acumen are the necessary virtues that citizens must lean and apply for a properly functioning democracy. Democracy is designed to concentrate the power of government in the hands of the people and protect against autocracy and oligarchy....   [tags: Government]
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Democracy and Majoritarianism - Democracy and how the government is run are behind theories. Majoritarianism is a theory of what both political scientist and ordinary citizens think the democracy should be. Unfortunately this is known as a poor way to find out data for elections through pulling data from Americans that may not be interested in politics or are unaware of the system. “Elite theory holds that society is ruled by small number of people who exercise power to further their own self-interest” (Schmidt, Shelley, & Bardes, 2011)....   [tags: Political Science]
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Athenian Democracy - Today, much of the world’s governments have converted to democracies. In the Ancient World, there was only one truly notable example of a democratic society: The City-State of Athens. This is actually the birthplace of democracy, where instead of the rich or powerful ruling, it was the citizens of the city-state that held the power. This advanced way of government was so effective and well structured, it even laid the foundations for the development of our own democracy, right here in the United States, over 2,000 years in the future....   [tags: Government ]
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Democracy and Equality - This paper shows why both democracy and equality are desirable, and why democracy, in its true sense, is an important step to achieve greater equality. There are many reasons why political philosophers need to look beyond the one person, one vote conception of democracy to understand why such theories have allowed social and economic inequality to continue to exist. While many democracies do not live up to our expectations in regards to providing equality, there are explanations for this and methods of overcoming such problems....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Steps to Democracy - ... It should also promise that public signs, such as street signs, are all written in a common language, if there is one, or two different languages. This needs to be done in order to help the whole nation understand and to ensure that all feel included and not one group is ostracized. A major concern the representatives of Ozland must consider is the majority’s rule versus the minority’s rights. The major concern is that the majority will oppress the minority’s rights, either by not including them at all and only hearing the voice of the majority or by only including what is convenient for the majority....   [tags: Ozland, Government] 929 words
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Representative Democracy - Today’s democratic societies practice representative democracy but the ideal of a true representative democracy, where those elected to power mirror the population of a given society is inconsistent with reality. The reality is that, there is an underrepresentation of different minority groups both in terms of their presence in the political assemblies and in terms of their substantive representation. History has shown that minority groups have been continuously underrepresented in most of the world’s democratic societies, and while there have been small improvements in some countries, for the most part minorities in general have yet to make any impressive gain towards more effective political representation....   [tags: Politics, Minorities, Political Activism] 927 words
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Democracy in America - In the nineteenth century, when the influences of a recent democratic society began to spread among the Americans, the equality of gender, the role of women, and the family began to change into an individualistic culture. In the United States, democracy opens up new beliefs on equality among the role of gender. In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville argues on how Americans were able to see the roles of gender more equally important than the Europeans. The Americans recognize the roles of the women and men important in being part as a contribution in the community....   [tags: Politics, Women, Equality] 1288 words
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Civic Democracy - By threatening to change the composition of the receiving nation in a more profound manner, large-scale immigration inevitably raises the question of collective self-identification: “Who are we?” and “What defines us?” Even within stable liberal democracies, it is difficult to obtain a consistent answer to these questions, although the responses likely influence who is allowed to enter a nation and how they are perceived. Kohn (1944), Smith (1981, 1983, 1990), Castles and Miller (1993), and Shulman (2002) have developed a perspective that defines societies, including their anticipated forms of national identity, in terms of similar historical backgrounds....   [tags: Government, Politics] 1578 words
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Whitmans Democracy - Whitman's Democracy "I speak the pass-word primeval, I give the sign of democracy, By God. I will Accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms." This is Whitman's expression of the idea of democracy taken from "Song of Myself." In this all encompassing interpretation Whitman says that the freedom offered by democracy is for all not a chosen few. It included all people, not renouncing those of other races, creeds, or social standings. Examples of this acceptance are scattered through many of the poems Whitman wrote....   [tags: essays research papers] 335 words
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Liberal Democracy - Liberal democracy Introduction To begin with Francis Fukuyama's, provocative thesis, that after the fall of communism in Europe and the withering of the grand ideological contests, history too has ended. In his "end of history" theory, he maintained that the western liberal democracy had become the `final form of human government'. The fact is that though not all theorists have this kind of a faith in liberal democracy, and believe that it's not the only feasible form of democracy, they are in a minority....   [tags: Politics] 1165 words
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The Price of Democracy - The Price of Democracy Democracy, while it can be beneficial, may also be complicating and difficult to balance when associated with the economy. This paper will discuss the relationship between the health of a democracy and the economic prosperity. Also covered in this paper will be the distribution of the wealth in a democracy and the justice of it. And finally, how to appropriately balance the wealth in a democracy. In the world nowadays, the health of a democracy seems to be directly related to the economic prosperity....   [tags: Papers] 357 words
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Digital Democracy - Digital Democracy Over the years the media has made citizens major role players in politics. Ross Perot opened eyes by putting the 1992 Election in the media and thereby allowing voters to become directly involved in politics. The Internet, the new form of mass media “has turned into a major political and media industry” (Grossman 16). Because of the rise the Internet has taken, the idea of direct democracy has risen. The foundation of direct democracy is in self-government. The claim is that the presence of the Internet will increase citizens’ involvement in political issues by allowing them access to more information....   [tags: Politics Media Internet Technology Essays]
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Democracy in Indonesia - Democracy in Indonesia It seems to me that, if it is admitted that some day we may be forced to have some form of democracy in Siam, we must prepare ourselves gradually. We must learn and educate ourselves. We must learn and experiment so as to have a better idea of how a parliamentary government would work in Siam. We must try to educate people to be politically conscious, to realize their interests so they will not be misled by agitators of mere dreamers of Utopia. If we have a parliament, we must teach the people how to vote and elect representatives who will really have their interests at heart....   [tags: Papers] 2754 words
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Wealth and Democracy - Wealth and Democracy. By Kevin Phillips. (New York: Broadway Books, c. 2002. Pp. vii, 422. ISBN 0-7679-0533-4.) Wealth and Democracy clearly illustrates and emphasizes the importance of Democracy being endangered. The author Kevin Phillips, America’s leading political analyst since 1968 and a graduate of Harvard Law School appears very informed and credible. Wealth and Democracy outlines and explains the politics of the second half of the 20th century. In this book Phillips primarily explores how the rich and politically powerful often work together to create and continue to take advantages at the expense of the national interest, the middle class, and the lower class....   [tags: essays research papers] 410 words
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Direct Democracy Vs Representative Democracy - Direct Democracy vs Representative Democracy The term Democracy is derived from two Greek words, demos, meaning people, and kratos, meaning rule. These two words form the word democracy which means rule by the people. Aristotle, and other ancient Greek political philosophers, used the phrase, `the governors are to be the governed', or as we have come to know it, `rule and be ruled in turn'. The two major types of democracy are Representative Democracy and Direct Democracy. Clearly the arguments for and against each form of democracy are plentiful....   [tags: Politics Government Compare Contrast Essays] 950 words
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Democracy in Iraq - Democracy in Iraq The date is March 20, 2003; American forces enter Iraq in the form of air strikes over the capital city of Baghdad. The night sky lights up from anti-aircraft fire from Iraqi sites. The echoing sound of bombs and heavy explosions tremble in the night sky that knew of silence just decades ago. Now eighteen months have pasted, the regime is overthrown, and over one thousand American soldiers have lost their lives in the battle for Democracy in the Middle East. Everyday the numbers of American deaths spent to create Democracy increase....   [tags: essays research papers] 966 words
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Propaganda and Democracy - What is the impact of propaganda on our democracy. When examining the relationship between propaganda and democracy it important to define each term. Propaganda is a protean term, its definition varies widely. The word propaganda could refer simply to an active process of mass persuasion or it could carry more negative connotations. In general, a distinction is drawn between propaganda and persuasion. Like persuasion, propaganda is designed to influence opinion rather than purely communicate fact; however, there are several important differences between the two....   [tags: essays research papers] 503 words
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Colombian Democracy - Colombian Democracy There is a practical problem to capturing a cogent understanding of Colombia in a single snapshot. There are two realities of Colombia scholars use to frame analysis of the birthplace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism: “armed conflict” and “political democracy.” These phenomena are a defining feature of modern Colombia. They have coexisted since 1958 when the National Front political pact ended intra-elite conflict in La Violencia but failed to guarantee a stable social order....   [tags: Politics Political Science]
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The Unhappy Democracy - The Unhappy Democracy Abstract Plato/Socrates defined democracy as "the government of the people." He modeled his democratic society after Athens at the time, a small city-state where every adult male had a vote. The transition to democracy occurred after a revolution in which the rich oligarchic rulers were overthrown and disposed of and the poor gained control. Then, they provided everyone with equal rights. Democracy was characterized as a “bazaar of constitutions" where every citizen chose his own path in life....   [tags: Essays Papers] 978 words
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