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Islam and Democracy - Democracy, being a well-known system of government run by elected members of parliament, has been recognized by the most powerful countries as being one of the most liberating methods of overseeing a country. This system is said to comprise social, cultural, racial, and religious equality, leading to a free and impartial form of government. While conveying the message of equality in terms of all religious backgrounds, various individuals still believe that Islam cannot be compatible with democracy....   [tags: islam, democracy]
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The Pros and Cons of 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: Democracy Essays] 1621 words
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Democracy in Latin America - Now days democracy has been establish in every Latin America country except Cuba, which is still a socialist state. It seemed that every other alternative form of government such as Marxism or Leninism has failed and been replaced by democracy. Furthermore it looks like people in Latin American really enjoy democracy and its’ benefits, as they also consider it to be the best form of government. After the failure of authoritarian leaders and the military intervene their lives, Latin American citizens wanted to change their system into a more fair and honest system, democracy....   [tags: Struggle for Democracy]
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Democracy: Yesterday and Today - The word Democracy has been defined a number of different ways by many people all over the country. This word has also meant different things over the years as things began to change throughout the United States. People in the past had different views on Democracy because life back then was much different than it is today. People realize that they really have a voice and a chance to fight and vote for what they believe in. The television show, “The Voice”, sees democracy as only the people who own an electronic device has the right to vote because there is not another way for people to get their vote in....   [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 t...   [tags: democracy, government,] 1105 words
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Are Free Elections Necessary to Have a Democracy? - It is important to understand the concept of democratization to examine newly developed democracies more critically and to have a better understanding of the contemporary politics around the world. Since many countries consider themselves as democracies, there needs to be a scale that represents the shared value and aspiration of democracy to evaluate these countries in a critical and objective manner to determine the democratic performance of these governments. The region this essay will be focusing on is central and eastern Europe....   [tags: Democracy and Elections]
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Democracy Outlined by Plato and Aristotle - In the fifth-century BC, Athens emerged as one of the most advanced state or polis in all of Greece. This formation of Athenian ‘democracy’ holds the main principle that citizens should enjoy political equality in order to be free to rule and be ruled in turn. The word ‘democracy’ originates from the Greek words demos (meaning people) and kratos (meaning power) therefore demokratia means “the power of the people.” The famous funeral speech of Pericles states that “Our constitution is called democracy because power is in the hands not of a minority but of the whole people.” However, only citizens (free adult men of Athenian descent) could participate in political matters....   [tags: democracy, athens, greece]
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The Implications of Quasi-Democracy in China - Muhlberger notes that the definition of democracy has historically been restricted to nations that are adhere to the Western conception of democracy (25). Yet, Muhlberger claims that even within authoritarian regimes, there are components of democracy at the grassroots level. He defines “quasi-democratic” as “any group willing to submit to decisions arrived at by discussion and voting (formal or informal) or abides judgment of elected representatives” (Muhlberger 27). In this essay, I argue that there have been quasi-democratic elements even within the Chinese Communist tradition....   [tags: democracy, Muhlberger, Communist China]
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The Current State of Mexican Democracy - According to Stoner and McFaul when the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was defeated and voted out of office in 2000 this turnout allowed for a completion of a successful transition to democracy in Mexico (264). Although a transition did occur and Mexico does have solid democratic foundations, bewildering corruption, poor rule of law, and narco related violence have halted Mexican democratic consolidation. The current state of Mexican democracy is seemingly difficult to analyze because Mexico is still a relatively new democracy....   [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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Cleisthenes: Creating an Effective Democracy - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe once said, “He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.” Though such quotes sound nice they mean nothing. Glittering generalities and other forms of propaganda have been around for centuries. If one believes that the general definition of democracy is defined as a government elected or run by the people, for the people, and in equal measure then it can certainly be said that Cleisthenes succeeded in his tasks. However, the man’s history in Greece and his short-lived legacy raise questions about the bigger picture of his effect on the people of Athens and democracy as a whole....   [tags: Father of Democracy, Greece, Government]
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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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Achieving 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: A Social Power Analysis of Democracy]
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Democracy and Education Issues - Mahatma Gandhi once said, "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him." The world we live in today is so full of negativity that our democracy and education are going down-hill fast. The reasons being are we don't take the time out to recognize the problems that escalade with our democracy and education before they get bigger, we as a whole don't care about our children’s education, and we are not properly discussing issues using public discourse but instead we are arguing, turning arguments into fights and fights into death....   [tags: democracy, education, change]
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The Use of Rhetoric In Athenian Democracy - Rhetoric was a major factor in the development and maintenance of the Athenian government and was used by many in order to gain power and ascend in politics. The ascendance of the great demagogues in Athens during the time of the Peloponnesian war was heavily influenced by their rhetoric and ability to effectively guide the Athenian democracy. The democratic government was composed of two groups: “public speakers […], those who made proposals and publicly argued for or against political projects, and demos, those who as a group decided on the proposals” (Yunis, 1991: 179)....   [tags: pericles, athenian democracy, political rhetoric]
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Democracy Outweighs The Other Forms of Goverment - Even though democracy has been in existence since the ancient Greek, it rose to prominence in the twentieth century with a large number of countries shifting to democracy. This transition to democracy has sprung up a debate over its appropriateness as a system of government, with some supporting it as an ideal system while others coining it as the vilest form of government. Although it is argued that democracy and economic growth do not go hand in hand, nevertheless, democracy is not the vilest form of government because it provides better governance, protects individual liberty and rests sovereignty with the people....   [tags: ancient greek, transition to democracy]
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Reformation in Security Sectors: Democracy Rules - “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." (Churchill) The United States of America made a huge change for the entire world when they broke away from England and created their own new government. It was risky, but it was worth it. Since the U.S. became a country, we have been known for having one of the best government systems and for being a generally peaceful country....   [tags: Forms of Government, Reform, Democracy]
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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 Resource Curse: Democracy and the Developing World - When a country strikes oil, or some other valuable natural resource, they may take it as a blessing; however, this discovery is often very destructive. Recent studies in social sciences suggest that developing countries with resource wealth tend to have political crises. This paradox is called the resource curse- the political counterpart of the infamous Dutch disease (Lam et al., 2002)*. In this paper I will argue how this phenomenon not only impedes the development of liberal democracies in non-democratic regimes, but also how it actively destroys liberal values in developing democracies....   [tags: oil, political crises, democracy]
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Is Democracy the Best Governing Model for Developing Countries in Asia? - According to Alexis De Tocqueville (1843), democracy allows for equal rights and liberty within a country, through several means: compulsory primary education, freedom of speech through townships, and the establishment of a jury. Referring specifically to America, Tocqueville notes that nations that are accustomed to free institutions and municipal government are better able to found prosperous colonies. The habit of thinking and governing for oneself is indispensable in a new country (Tocqueville, 1843, p....   [tags: corruption, south korea, democracy, freedom]
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Understanding of two Political Systems: Deliberative Democracy and Representative Government - This essay aims to provide a better understanding of two political systems namely deliberative democracy and representative government; it presents the advantages and disadvantages of both, the types of governance. Deliberative democracy as address by Guttman and Dennis (2004) is based on the notion that citizens and their representatives come to a common place to discuss matters such as finance budgets and come to a mutual agreement of what needs to have more attention. Representative government, on the other hand, is defined as a form of government freely elected by the people to make significant decision of the behalf of their electorate (McLean & McMillan 2009)....   [tags: democracy, political system, government]
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American Traditional Politics: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville - The backbone to the American way of life that numerous generations have come to grow and love is based upon the principle that no matter your stature, no matter your beliefs, no matter your positioning, everyone is equal and posses the same abilities and rights of that of their neighbor. No man is far superior to the next and each has the freedom to aspire to their own goals and their own plans. Many, like myself, believe and support that equality as well as liberty are vital features to a sustainable democracy....   [tags: equality, liberty, democracy]
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Initiative and Ideologies: Liberalism and Social Democracy as Applied to Modern Legislation - In 2004 a Swiss banker called the upper class’ demand for increasingly high salaries as “a call to class warfare from above.” (Baer) The new decade has seen outcry against a growing discrepancy in wealth. The global financial crisis exacerbated the already prominent fiscal divide. Ideological thinkers have been wrestling with resolution of this exact divide for centuries. Modernly Switzerland has attempted to regulate monetary divides by banning bonuses and mandating shareholder consent in major decisions....   [tags: Switzerland, Democracy, Liberalism]
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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...   [tags: Democracy Government Politics] 1860 words
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The Ironic Battle for Democracy in Europe During WW I - As President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany on April 2, 1917 because “The world must be made safe for democracy” (War Messages, 65th Cong., 1st Sess.), the United States joined forces with the allies very soon in a crucial time of the war; Germany made an armistice with Russia in December the same year, so Germany was able to mobilize all its troops to the Western Front. Back in the U.S, due to the separate but equal policy brought forth by the Plessy V. Ferguson supreme court ruling of 1896, military units were segregated....   [tags: world war, croix de guerre, democracy]
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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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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] 4632 words
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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 An American Novel, by Henry Adams - In the late 1800’s, Henry Adams wrote Democracy An American Novel, in which he portrayed Washington society through the eyes of a wealthy young widow, Mrs. Madeline Lee, who is looking for the basis of American governmental power. In her search for the basis of power, Mrs. Lee encounters many facets of Washington society, such as the types of people who control the government. The novel moves beyond a simple plot and story and includes portrayals of the basic Washington types of people, Washington society, and Adams’ assumptions about American democracy....   [tags: democray, Henry Adams]
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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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The Athenian Democracy Compared to Today's Democracy - The term democracy comes from the Greek language and means "rule by the people."(Democracy Building 2012) The democracy in Athens represents the events leading up to modern day democracies. Like our modern democracy, the Athenian democracy was created as a reaction to a concentration and abuse of power by the rulers. Philosophers defined the essential elements of democracy as a separation of powers, basic civil rights, human rights, religious liberty and separation of church and state. The most current definition of a democracy is defined as a “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their...   [tags: history, political science]
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The changing of Democracy - As centuries have progressed and cultures have evolved, the ideas of government and democracy have evolved as well. The economic and cultural status of a time period affects how people perceive their government. Living in a capitalist nation does not necessarily mean that democracy is non-existent. However, it does not mean that democracy in the nation has been fully formed and developed. The capitalist economy is altering the beliefs of what it means to be a democratic nation. Democracy gives power to the people....   [tags: capitalism, african american, economy]
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The Politics of Democracy - A perfect government, as history has shown us, is next to impossible. While the degree of histories’ many governments is quantifiable, none can be defined as perfect. Whether it’s the size of the state, complexity of the time and issues, the rulers, the people, or unforeseeable matter-whatever it is-the human race has yet to find a perfect form of government. Consequently, while approaching this issue, the question is not which group is “right”. Rather which system more benevolently serves the people, since “democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”....   [tags: Philosophy, Participatory, Representative] 861 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 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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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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No Justice in Democracy - In ancient Greece, the polis, or people, had a say in their society through democracy. Athenian democracy was meant to benefit the people through justice. Unfortunately, this did not always happen. In Hecuba, the practice of democracy contradicted its fundamental principles. The amount of justice a person could receive vastly depended on their stature in Greek society. Oftentimes, the collective vote of the people benefitted the few who held the most sway, and the policies they passed did not affirm the morals of what is just....   [tags: Hecube, injustice, greek society]
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DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT - INTRODUCTION There have been enormous efforts to spread democracy as a political system throughout the world by the developed democratic countries and the international development organizations including the World Bank. By the late 1990s the United States alone spent over a half billion dollars to promote democratic expansion throughout the world (Diamond, 2003). These were done considering that the democratic system leads towards development. As a result in the late 20th century we saw a huge political transformation towards democracy....   [tags: Political System, Government]
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Democracy in China - Introduction The topic of democracy in China is a highly controversial topic. Although China has not democratised, it has done well in the global situation amongst its democratic competitors. Since the path to democracy is different for each country, we cannot expect that China would follow the same path or same model of democracy as the western nations. This essay will look at what democracy is and how it can be placed in a Chinese context as well as looking at the proponents and opponents of democracy in China....   [tags: The China Model, Political Meritocracy]
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Islam and Democracy - Discuss the argument that characterise the debate about Islam and democracy Since the rise of the Islamic movements around the world especially in the Middle East and the current tension between Muslim and the Western countries in particular after 9/11, the different debates and arguments has been made by scholars, in particular Western intellectuals about the capability of the Islam to accept the principles of democracy. I will examine the relationship between Islam and politics, definition of Islam and democracy, the connection between Islamic teaching (Hadith and Quran) and Islamic movements and different perspectives of Islamists or Islamic countries....   [tags: islamic movements, middle east]
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democracy and development - Most of rich countries in the world are democracies and most of the poorest are not, or have not been for most of their histories. Recently however, this reality seems to be changing. The last quarter-century has seen a wave of democratization, the most recent examples being the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011. Many of these new democracies have adopted new constitutions, entrenched bills of rights and made provisions for constitutional judicial review. The exact relationship between political regimes and development is highly contested, both theoretically and empirically....   [tags: Global Politics, Economic Behavior] 1665 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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Democracy in Syria - This research paper seeks to design a democratization model for a Post-al-Asad regime in Syria. At the same time as the uprising goes on in Syria there should be discussion of a possible transition into a real democracy. The conflicts have not yet ended in Syria and there are possibilities that the revolts will succeed and Syria will be facing massive challenges for a transition that might be either democratic or not democratic. It is an essential time for Syria to design a good model of democracy to be able to have a peaceful and democratic Syria and to be able to bring stability, harmony, and solidarity without any vicious sectarian conflict among numerous groups....   [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...   [tags: Analysis, Winston Churchill] 1361 words
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Democracy in Nigeria - Democracy in Nigeria has been repeatedly promised by those in power for decades, but promises seem to fall short of their mark and Nigeria remains to be anything but a true democracy. For a democracy to be successful the people of a country need to feel like they matter, their vote matters, and that the government cares about them. A true democracy is “people initiated, people promoted, sustained by the people for the benefit of the people”, (Ogunleye, 2005) but in a country swept with corruption the only thing sustained by the people is the oil industry and croplands....   [tags: institutionalization, politics, economics]
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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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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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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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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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Democracy in America - Since the middle ages, corporatism has taken a leading role in countries by involving different organizations into a group of people to develop cooperative associations on the basis of shared interests. In Europe, corporatism was the main objective of people in a country. For example, Lewis Mumford note that the basic society "was based on classes and ranks" and there was no guaranteeing demand through security and no power that did not recognize the legal obligations of a corporate profile (Mumford)....   [tags: Politics, Cooperative Associations] 1555 words
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Steps to Democracy - A democracy is “a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected representatives” (Schmitter and Karl 76). In order to establish a democracy, first the people of Ozland need to elect officials in a democratic fashion. In order to draft a liberal constitution, leaders must be elected. The leaders can then draft the constitution according to the wants and needs of the people....   [tags: Ozland, Government] 929 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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Do we Aspire to Democracy, or is Democracy Something Achieved? - There are various systems of governance, namely democracy, autocratic, authoritarian, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannical, totalitarian, absolutist, traditional, monarchic, oligarchic, plutocratic, aristocratic, and sultanistic. Of all the systems of governance named democracy is the only system which takes into consideration the rights of the people. All the other forms, power is given to individual or individuals, because of wealth or birthright. Democracy according to Dahl “is a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected representative”, (4)....   [tags: system of governance,liberation,soverighty]
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The Pros and Cons of Democracy - Egypt has erupted into civil war. Its people are revolting against the Hosni Mubarak regime and are demanding a new government that represents the interests of the Egyptian people. Each modern day revolt mimics the countless uprising that has occurred during the times of Ancient Athens and Rome. The populace rises to overthrow their oppressors fighting for liberty, but is liberty, is democracy truly the solution. Democracy, by definition, is a government in which power is derived from its people....   [tags: Pro Con Essays] 1380 words
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Democracy in the 20th Centuries - Is democracy possible. Modern democracies have continually developed throughout the 20th century. These democracies have culminated from revolutions,wars, and even economic development. As democracies continue to grow democracy promotion has been a key issue for world governments, especially the United State of America. History has shown that building democracy is a very strenuous and a difficult task to accomplish. With the inception of government, democracy has been a seemingly difficult concept to understand as well as create and implement....   [tags: revolutions, wars, economic development]
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Determinants on the Diffusion of Democracy - Determinants on the Diffusion of Democracy Throughout contemporary society there exist many different forms of government structures. Some countries range from aristocratic governments, theocratic governments or hierarchies. Governments stand as powerful institutions that instigate political order within a nation. They create and implement different societal rules and help to maintain moral order. With the analysis of the many different government forms throughout the world, democracy stands to be the most popular regime....   [tags: Government] 2638 words
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Democracy as the Best Form of Government - The foundation of the modern political system was laid in the times when the world was strangled in slavery. In those moments, enlightened minds in Greek came up with the new system that was there to remain for the next thousands of years. This system, now known as democracy, is a form of government in which supreme power is vested to the people themselves. People have the right to elect their leaders directly or indirectly through a scheme of representation usually involving periodically held free elections....   [tags: free election, democratic government, politics]
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Democracy is the Vilest Form of Government - Pakistan’s history has been dominated by people demanding for democratic form of government. There have been several debates on which form of government is suitable for Pakistan and no one can come to a conclusion. Each democratic government has been replaced by dictators and no democratic government had completed it tenure. Of course there have been valid reasons for the removal of democratic governments by the military rulers but to this date Pakistan nation wants democracy. Although democratic government means people have more say in the government and there would be little chance of revolution and destabilization caused by it , democracy results in incompetent people forming governments,...   [tags: Pakistan's history, corruption, power]
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Internet: Is It a Threat to Democracy? - The Internet’s roots can be traced back to 1962 (“Internet History” n.d.). With the Internet, people are provided with the power to search vast amounts of information and have the ability to participate and engage conversation in many forums. The Internet allows people from different cities and countries and with different backgrounds to connect and communicate in a digital world. As opposed to sitting in a room with a hardwired connection, people can now go mobile with the Internet. Laptops and smartphones allow the Internet to fit in backpacks and pockets....   [tags: misinformation, censoring, china]
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The Rise of a Liberal Democracy - In the article Fareed wrote he defines democracy as simply a government with free and fair elections. It is in essence rule of the majority, so if the majority is filled with ill intent then that is the direction of the government. Basically an unfiltered voice for the masses; and it is not suitable by itself. Liberal Democracy is described as what people think of today when they here of Democracy; it is a government with a system of values/rights built in to protect the people from themselves. It has basic rights like freedom of speech, press, religion, etc....   [tags: Government ]
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Criticism of Democracy in Different Countries - Muslims were pioneers of enlightenment in Europe, but they were certainly not following a system of governance through a popular choice (Lewis 62). Concepts of liberty and freedom were unknown during those days. Nonetheless, the Muslims at large chose to go against their own teachings of sorting out their affairs through consultation and were caught in the web of adopting the rules of the West (Lewis, 57). The reason for the criticism of democracy and secularism in Muslim countries, has often been described in some cases to be the influence of the fundamentalist approach of Islam....   [tags: governing method, islamic community,muslim]
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The Rise of Democracy in Great Britain - Greece was once at the pinnacle of the world. Its philosophy, sculptures, paintings, theater, and architectures have been some of the great gifts it has left for us, but the most important one is democracy. It is believed that democracy was created in a city of ancient Greece; this city is known as Athens. The success Athens had as a city is credited to the way they ran their government. In this city everyone had an equal say on what they wanted to get done. Undoubtedly, democracy has been the best ancient idea for every country in the world to keep....   [tags: Industrial Revolution, Political History]
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Transitions to Democracy and Democratic Consolidation - Transitions to democracy have been explained in various ways. Modernization for instance, is one theoretical approach to explain why countries democratize. Additionally, social and cultural factors have also explained democratization, as well as, international factors. It becomes deductive to attribute democratization to any one single theory as modernization works with social and cultural factors that are also impacted by international factors. It appears as if they all contribute in one way or another....   [tags: Democratization Essays]
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Relation Between Confucianism and Democracy - Introduction Over years of debate, Confucianism has long been seen as a conflicting force of democracy, particularly among political scientists who are pro-liberal democracy. This thought has been backed up by the trend of communism or competitive authoritarianism in Asia that liberal democracy seems not to be flourishing in this region due to the strong influence of Confucianism. However, this conventional perception starts to get more challenges from Asian scholars, particularly those emphasizing Confucian perfectionism, that Confucianism instead strengthen democracy, rather than acting as a stumbling stock....   [tags: Political Science, Government]
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Islam and Democracy: Can They Coincide? - The western world is constantly telling countries in the Middle East and in northern African countries who are predominantly Muslim, to build a democratic government and their troubles will be solved. This leads one to ask the question Can Islam and a democracy coinside together. Democracy gives power to the people and in that power the people can elect and choose a politician to represent the people and not just Islam. Before one answers that question there are several factors into why it has been an uphill battle for Muslim countries to build a successful democratic government....   [tags: Government, Religion, Muslims]
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Islam and Democracy: Mutually Exclusive? - The September 11th terrorist attacks unleashed unimaginable devastation upon the United States and subsequently upon the Arab-Islamic world. While the government of the United States scrambled jets and prepared soldiers for war, there was another battle, arguably more important than the war the United States was preparing to wage. This battle was waged not on battlefields but in classrooms, between scholars who struggled to define and rectify the democratic deficit in the Muslim world. Theories have been offered ranging from Islam and democracy being diametrically opposed, all the way to Islam considering democracy, or democratic principles, as essential....   [tags: Religion]
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Democracy Roots in Colonial America - Democracy developed in Colonial America from 1607, at the founding of Jamestown, up to 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Democracy is defined as 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. Ideas from documents created in England, such as the Bill of Rights, were brought over to the colonies. These ideas were implemented into the society of the colonists. The colonists also created their own democratic documents and ideas....   [tags: Development, Documents] 751 words
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The Pros and Cons of Democracy - What is democracy, and what are the benefits and disadvantages of it. This paper will focus primarily on three essays: The Social Contract by John Locke, Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau, and The Democratic Age by Fareed Zakaria. Each essay chosen is similar because each discusses what the advantages and disadvantages of free society are. The Social Contract primarily focuses on 17th century liberalism and expounds on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathin. Locke gives the vision of mankind living in a state of anarchy before formal government was established....   [tags: The Social Contract, Civil Disobedience] 1500 words
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Critical Analysis: "The Spirit of Democracy" - Democracy, with various perceptions lacks a universally accepted definition. However, it may have become a universally accepted system of government most international societies prefer to operate under. Larry Diamond (author of “The Spirit of Democracy”) agrees to this trend, when he questions why Democracy has not expanded globally. Though a snowball effect is indeed taking place, allowing sparks of liberal ideas translate to democratic movements giving way to the third wave of democracy, this system is still limited to two-thirds of the globe....   [tags: Article Review] 1145 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 in The Middle East - The imposing of liberal democracy into foreign states and in particular into the Middle East would not necessarily create peace due to their cultural and geographical context. From a westernised perspective we may heavily associate the nature of democracy with peace but the history of international relations and theory has continue to show that this is definitely not the case. The Democratic Peace Theory itself contains weakness and vulnerabilities due to its reliance on ‘casual logic’ (Layne 1994, Pg....   [tags: Social Issues]
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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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The Road to Democracy in Iraq - The Road to Democracy in Iraq The road to democracy in Iraq is a long, hard-fought journey. To understand why and how this journey is so difficult, we must look at Iraq from the beginning. We must look at the beliefs and background of Iraq to understand the country’s mindset as well as what they are doing to change how they are seen throughout the world. Iraq has been a country fraught with turmoil from within. From quarrels between feuding religious groups to dictators with an agenda of power, Iraq’s journey toward democracy has not been easy....   [tags: International Government ]
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The Democracy Circle Around the World - Once a Russian proverb said this about the military coups “Beat your own people and others will fear you” . Countries, who do not have a well-developed democracy or a member of the countries that we call New Countries, suffer from coups. Those are not particularly the only issues that affect military coup in countries some other important point can be drawn for example; Country could have had a dictatorship before and since there no other heir the military could have taken over. Main problem is the power-hungry Generals who use their own people against each other, not always they use their own people....   [tags: compare, comparison, argumentative]
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Representation of Citizens in Democracy - One of the main arguments presented by Crick in In Defence of Politics is that politics is a realistic good necessary for well-organized governance. From my experiences in the field, I understand that democracy allows for differing interests and views to be heard in a diplomatic manner. While democracy elicits diverging ideas and opinions for people, citizens in a democratic state still understand their interests are often served through democratic values and equal representation in government affairs....   [tags: Internship Experiences]
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How "democratic" was Jacksonian Democracy - The rise of democratisation in America describes "Age of Jackson", yet Jacksonian Democracy is a concept referring to the rise of political democracy in America through the creation of the Democrat party. In one aspect it is a period of democracy for the common man with extended suffrage and strict constructionism in the federal system. Another angle is that Jacksonianism can be seen as a walking contradiction with the existence of slavery and subjugation of minorities in an age of white supremacy defying any "democratic" nature....   [tags: Age of Jackson, American History]
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