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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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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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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 - ... MacIntyre wrote: A practice involves standards of excellence and obedience to rules as well as the achievement of goods. To enter into a practice is to accept the authority of those standards and the inadequacy of my own performance as judged by them. It is to subject my own attitudes, choices, preferences and tastes to the standards which currently and partially define the practice (190) It would be arbitrary and subjective for individuals to judge their own craft, may it be the arts or sciences, without referring to authoritative tradition or body to gauge the quality of their work....   [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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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 - ... One such problem, in a system that advocates freedom to do whatever you please, is the consequential wealth disparity (Wong, Oct. 24 lecture, tutorial). Aristotle once said that, “democracy is the form of government in which… the free are the many and the rich are the few”. This highlights a paradox of democracy in that it attempts to be equal to all, yet often the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer, and an increasing wealth divide will influence governance. Constant writes (pg....   [tags: Government] 1621 words
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Democracy - ... Collective action is a classical challenge in democracy and democratic forms of government. According to Blais, one of the main criteria for assessing electoral systems is representativeness. “This guarantees an electoral system in which the vote reflects as precisely as possible citizen’s preferences” (Blais 5).However, one of the challenges of a democratic electoral system is even if we have the right to express our views; we would not take advantage of it. As Olson in the article A Theory of Groups and Organization, notes, “Individuals in any group attempting collective action will have incentives to free ride if the group is working to provide public goods”(Olson)....   [tags: Politics, American Government, Globalization] 1493 words
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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 - ... As demonstrated by statistics, we can see that voting patterns of eligible voters have been alarming. Out of 23 Million eligible voters, only 16 Million registered to vote in the 2008 election (Lustig, 103). As Lustig suggest, it is evident that the current representation system of California is flawed if only one-third of eligible Californians vote (Lustig, 103). It is alarming to know that not all eligible participants par take in the activity because it demeans the core values of democracy....   [tags: Politics, Representation] 2399 words
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Democracy - ... Criminal judges on the other hand are appointed but have a 6-year term that can be contested during state elections (Lubenow, 61). California politics allow representation in all the branches of the government, although elected representation is more prominent in the legislative branch. Californians are aware that a crisis of representation is occurring in our state. Throughout the years, different types of reform have altered political representation in the state of California. From enfranchisement to redistricting, the status of representation in California has been fundamentally altered....   [tags: American Government, Politics, California] 2126 words
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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 - 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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Inclusive Democracy - ... Inclusive democracy hopes to change that no one corporation or assembly has private ownership over productive resources but rather that these resources are owned by the masses (Inclusive Democracy, 1997). This expresses the concept of equal opportunity and decreases discrimination based on social statues, which can be interpret as a step towards equality of outcome, which will be further analyzed in my essay. Furthermore, the third component of the inclusive democracy at the social level means that means at the micro level, at the level of the workplace, the household, the educational place, and so on....   [tags: Politics]
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Democracy in America - ... “A thousand circumstances, independent of the will of man, facilitate the maintenance of a democratic republic in the United States” Initially, laws are difficult to design because lawmakers can’t think of every possibility, every scenario, and every obstacle that may present itself in the democracy. Despite these difficulties, laws keep society together and provide unity for the citizens. Advantages for creating laws, include, but are not limited to, providing direction for the collection of taxes, declaring clear expectations for compliance and punishment of citizens and elimination of chaos....   [tags: Government]
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The Democracy Superhighway - ... It appears that journalism is in a transition period from one media format to another. Many newspapers and television news channels are making the shift to online publication. One would think it logical that there will be more opportunities for professional journalism via the Internet in the future. However, this change may take some time, but as journalism evolves with the Internet the prevalence of accurate information will again become the norm. Another reason that the Internet is seen as a threat to democracy is because it allows people to choose news and information that corresponds with their interests and opinions, and that they are rarely informed of other views on political and social issues....   [tags: The Internet]
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Modern Democracy - ... In ancient society, freedom was a collective right of citizens to execute the overall function of government. This is exercised through decisions on foreign policy, justice, and legislation, made by an elite group of slave owning citizens. The downfall of this system was the lack of protected individual rights to privacy and the fact that anyone at any time could be subjected to the will of the collective, which striped the individual of both freedom to act independently and according to one’s own will, as well as freedom from tyranny, oppression and abjection....   [tags: Political Science] 2102 words
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The History of Democracy - ... This requires a complete alienation of rights to the community where independence and interdependence between coexisting individuals work to build freedom. Interdependence is essential to individual freedom since humans are not solitary beings. Participation is required if one is to become a part of the greater communal whole, otherwise, laws would be ineffective. Political equality (not economic equality) among community members is fundamental for a progressively sound civilization. Sovereignty survives together with the freedom in living by the laws that one makes for oneself....   [tags: Government]
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Democracy: An Analysis - ... (Wong, Lecture, October 24) Moreover, deep divides continue to exist and separate groups in democratic countries by race, religion, language, and class, resulting in tension and, in some cases, oppression. Thus democracy, despite its emphasis on liberty, equality and plurality, can still be problematic. According to Andrew Janos, “the price of economic progress has been political turmoil”. (Janos, pg. 21) If the Modernization Theory holds that countries tend to become more democratic the more they modernize, then political turmoil is to be expected in democracies....   [tags: Analysis, Winston Churchill] 1361 words
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Democracy and the Internet - ... "What better proof could there be that the Net nourishes democracy?" concludes Simon (Simon 1). Logic would imply that because the internet clearly hinders the grasp authoritarianism has on populations, it therefore strengthens democracy. The internet is, generally speaking, a tool used by people from all different parts of the globe, contributing to the exchange of information and current events. However, this general definition can be applied to good or ill, "the idea of technology empowering citizens for good or for ill is not a new phenomenon, nor is there a lack of precedents of governments dealing with how to react to this phenomenon," (Schmidt 3)....   [tags: Technology, Internet and Political Campaigning] 1562 words
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Democracy Rising? - ... From democracy's earliest incarnation in Greece to the social contract theorist Locke, and Hobbes, to the founding fathers of our nation, and the French Revolution men have fought and died for the right to have a say in the way their country is run. How could something so intrinsically linked to the very fabric of our national psyches not be the best for all nations. The 2006 elections in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian people allowed a small glimpse of what can go wrong when an unstable populous in a recently freed land are allowed to vote for their leaders....   [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 - ... Norberto Bobbio, a notable Italian realist, posits that democracy is ruled by powerful groups uncompromising to direct participation by individual citizens. He states, “…increasingly it is less and less the individual who is the most influential factor in politics and more and more it is the group: large organizations, associations of all kinds, trade unions of every conceivable profession, political parties of widely differing ideology” (Tercek and Conte 190). Power is often controlled by the wealthy and elites in democratic systems....   [tags: Government, Politics] 2130 words
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Is Venezuela a Democracy? - ... In the case of Venezuela, not all of these requirement are met, making the country a semi-democracy or (as the Freedom House calls it) a Partly Free Country. Venezuela’s Freedom House ranking score for Venezuela was nine out of a possible 14, 2 representing a free, fully democratic country. A semi-democratic system is a system in which it is a possible for the party/ candidate to lose an election but does not meet all the criteria required to be considered a democratic government. Venezuelans have gone to the polls frequently in recent years, but under an atmosphere of intense polarization....   [tags: Government, Politics] 844 words
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Nationalism and Democracy - ... Wherever the boundaries of the playing field are in dispute, democratic institutions (such as participation, representation, or cooperation) simply cannot function. Thus, for democracy to operate effectively, the existence of a united political community is critical. Nationalism is often the main reason why people identify with their respective political community. As the main source of national identity, nationalism “makes [people] feel connected not only to one another but also to the homeland itself” (Jusdanis 28)....   [tags: Government] 1179 words
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Transition to Democracy - ... The congress on the other hand is similar yet different, as it is at a provincial level as well. Two members are allocated for each province; the number of seats allocated is directly proportional to the provinces population. The judiciary branch of Spain is divided from the highest of the judiciary branch. The Highest office being the supreme court down to judges and magistrates; which could be argued to be similar to the Canadian judiciary framework. This governing formation has been very successful and solid factor strengthening Spain’s democracy ....   [tags: Political Science]
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Protagoras & Democracy - ... He pointing out that Pericles failed to impart his great wisdom to his sons, Paralus, and Xanthappus. If the great Pericles was unable to teach his sons, than it held true that no man could teach another. Protagoras refuted Socrates claim, and suggested that the ability to learn integrity and acumen was a fundamental right given to humans by Zeus. Because of this, all manner of individuals were welcome to participate in politics. In fact, it is these fundamental rights from which democracy proceeds....   [tags: Government]
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Democracy and Majoritarianism - ... In a Parliamentary system the house of legislative also known as the prime minister is the head of government. Majoritarianism is very similar to democracy of the United States, as the majority of votes win whatever election is being voted on at the time. This allows both minority and elite people to make their opposition and vote accordingly to who they believe should be elected. For the United States Majoritarianism is exercised often for both government elections and city elections around the country....   [tags: Political Science]
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Athenian Democracy - ... At the very top was the strategoi, the military commanders. There were ten of these, one strategos voted for each tribe. They each served for one year, however unlike the other officials, the strategoi could be reelected to their positions an unlimited number of times. “This is based on the wisdom that frequently overhauling military leadership during a war or other national emergency can prove dangerous or even disastrous” (Nardo 46). One prominent example of this was Pericles, who was extremely popular and was reelected over twenty times before his death....   [tags: Government ]
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Syrian Democracy - ... Not only is Assad facing internal pressures but he is also being scrutinized and sanctioned by the Arab League, The European Union, and the United Nations as well as several countries. The events in Syria are currently at a pivotal watershed. A referendum has been called to strike Article 8 from the constitution which would eliminate the need for the leader of the ruling party (and only party Ba’ath) to be the leader of Syria. Is this enough to satisfy the Free Syrian Army, to stabilize the country, and to lead the country on its path to democracy or will it take more drastic measures to put Syria on the path to democracy....   [tags: Geopolitics, Civil Unrest] 2220 words
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Democracy and Equality - ... However, there are other factors in play. As Green notes, there are a class of people who write to their representatives and receive an impersonal response. Their opinions have been ‘hopelessly devalued’. On the other hand, there is another class of people who will be consulted without request. This seems to be straying away from Bentham’s suggestion that each person only count for one, and for no more than one. Although there is a sense of procedural equality in many liberal democracies, it does not always follow that there will be a correlative substantive equality among individual citizens....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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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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Democracy in America - Democracy in America Throughout the course of history, mankind has been recorded to corrupt itself. Men have grown tired of simply surviving; they have had to take and conquer others. Absolute monarchies control wealth, land, and even lives of men. The conditions of the people were solely dependent on the conditions of the one who was in power in that particular place and time. History has proven that most men rule unwisely in their kingdoms. To avoid tyrannical rule, some make an attempt to set up a government in which the people ruled themselves....   [tags: History Historical Democratic Government Essays] 2000 words
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America's Democracy - America's Democracy The United States of America is a republic, or representative democracy. Democracy, a word that comes to us from Greek, literally means the people rule (Romance, July 8). This broad definition leaves unanswered a few important details such as who are the people, how shall they rule, and what should they rule on (July 8). Defining the answers to those questions means defining a model for a democratic system. William E. Hudson defines four such models in his book American Democracy in Peril: the Protective, Developmental, Pluralist, and Participatory models of democracy (Hudson, 8-19)....   [tags: Government Politics Essays]
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Democracy in Britain - Democracy in Britain The definition of democracy is 'rule by the people', or 'the power of the people'. The 'demos' comes from the ancient Greek, it is the people and 'kratos' is to rule. Democracy today has come to mean the decisions arrived by the majority (or a simple majority), the right of every citizen to vote and hold office, and the duty of all citizens to participate actively in the system. So in an undefined sense, political power is ultimately in the hands of the whole adult population, and no smaller group has the right to rule....   [tags: Papers] 1729 words
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American Democracy - Ravi Purohit-PUB 1250 2/16/05 The paper in which I chose to write about is American Democracy. When the thirteen British colonies in North America declared their independence in 1776, they laid down that “governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This meant that they wanted a government for the people, run by the people. This is one of the basic ideals upon which our nation was founded. The “colonies” needed to have a written constitution to define and therefore more specifically limit government powers....   [tags: essays research papers] 532 words
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Democracy in America - Democracy in America By: Alexis De Tocqueville Democracy in America, by Alexis De Tocqueville is a book about how the American States and the federal government would grow politically and socially under the umbrella of democracy.      Alexis De Tocqueville sees the United States as a unique entity because of how and why it started as well as its geographical location. Alexis De Tocqueville explains that the foundations of the democratic process in America are completely different from anywhere else on the globe....   [tags: Alexis De Tocqueville Politics essays papers] 656 words
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Iraq and Democracy - Iraq and Democracy Systems based on guaranteed freedoms, the rule of law, and peaceful electoral transitions are obviously desirable for all. Today's debate over bringing democracy to the Muslim Middle East often centers on whether the region is "ready for democracy" (Newsom). A number of problems the US has to face during transferring democratic essentials seems to just increase: ongoing fights in whole Iraq, a lack of governmental structure, a shortage of charismatic political figures, who would be acceptable by American side, and finally the lack of cultural experience in democratic governing....   [tags: Papers] 713 words
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Jacksonian Democracy - Jacksonian Democracy      Andrew Jackson began a whole new era in American history. Amongst his greatest accomplishments were evoking the "common man" to be interested in government and tailoring democracy to satisfy the same "common man’s" needs. Of course, Jackson could not go about making such radical changes without supporters, but that never surfaced as a problem. Jacksonian Democrats, as they came to be called, were great in number during the 1820’s and 1830’s. They advocated all of the issues that President Jackson did, and did so with great vigor....   [tags: American History Government Essays] 1053 words
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Culture & Democracy - There may be many ways in which culture can affect political structure of one country or another, yet, arguably the most important way that a country’s culture affects democracy is through political socialization. According to Alexis de Tocqueville and his book "Democracy", he defines culture as an ordered set of symbols, and in turn, political culture as a set of values and orientations through which one perceives and reacts to authority. The way that this set of values and orientations is gained by each person, is through the process of political socialization that begins since early childhood and produces "visible" results as a person becomes a mature individual....   [tags: essays research papers] 1449 words
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Jacksonian Democracy - Jacksonian Democracy Jacksonian (Democracy, Society, etc.) is a term used to describe reform during the time of Andrew Jackson’s Presidency. Specifically Jacksonian Democracy refers to “the general extension of democracy that characterized U.S. politics from 1824 to 1828.” Jacksonian Democracy and its support came primarily from the lower classes as a rebellion of sorts apposing the aristocracy. Even though it stressed equality, it was pro-slavery and anti-Indian (not unlike Andrew Jackson)....   [tags: essays research papers] 990 words
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Democracy Individualism - Democracy Individualism There is growing consensus in the United States of the potential collapse of democracy, and many scholars question whether America will be able to address the challenges necessary to avert it. At the heart of the issue is the disintegration of civil society. In a remarkable book on the subject – Democracy on Trial – Jean Elshtain (1995: 5) notes, “As a civic question – and it is by no means a civic matter alone – the locus of despair speaks to the loss of civil society....   [tags: Papers] 3517 words
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Jacksonian Democracy - Topic: Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. In light of the following documents and your knowledge of the 1820's and 1830's, to what extent do you agree with the Jacksonians' view of themselves. Andrew Jackson began a whole new era in American history. Amongst his greatest accomplishments were evoking the "common man" to be interested in government and tailoring democracy to satisfy the same "common man's" needs....   [tags: Policial Science] 1144 words
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Jacksonian Democracy - An ambiguous, controversial concept, Jacksonian Democracy in the strictest sense refers simply to the ascendancy of Andrew Jackson and the Democratic party after 1828. More loosely, it alludes to the entire range of democratic reforms that proceeded alongside the Jacksonians' triumph—from expanding the suffrage to restructuring federal institutions. From another angle, however, Jacksonianism appears as a political impulse tied to slavery, the subjugation of Native Americans, and the celebration of white supremacy—so much so that some scholars have dismissed the phrase "Jacksonian Democracy" as a contradiction in terms....   [tags: Political Science Politics] 1999 words
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