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Democracy

Self-rule in a polity. In a democracy, the citizens vote on issues of governance. Often, the term also refers to a republic, in which citizens elect representatives who vote on issues of governance, but the two terms are not identical.
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The post Cyprus and US dubbed 'flawed democracies' by the Economist appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
Bohman says that democracies with deep commitments to human rights have special obligations to humanity: democratic legitimacy across demoi cannot be achieved simply by the act of writing and ratifying a constitution, and a democratic constitution for Europe will create a basis for legitimate democratic reform that is currently lacking in the EU.
My aim in this paper is to develop a research agenda for examining the building blocks for the foundation of Athenian democracy, the institutional configuration of representative democracy, the separation of powers' model of the democratic constitutional state, the rise of nation-state democracies, the values of social equality and political democracy, the development of post-national democracy in Europe, distinguishing characteristics of modern democratic politics, citizen participation as a touchstone of a democratic system, and the value of political deliberation.
And if they do not, then responsible democracies everywhere must hold them accountable." (34)
The most damning criticism of McCain's plan is that it would launch a new Cold War between states labeled democracies and autocracies.
Thus, on the one hand it seems a wide enough term to cover all sorts of political systems where the socio-economical and political environment is very different from that in post WWII Germany or Japan and certainly contemporary liberal industrial established democracies (Barkan 1997).
(Outside the Arab Middle East, Muslim countries such as Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh all have functioning democracies.)
But you didn't have to be a cynic to think that more people should have been asking, "If this is democracy, what was going in the spring of 2003?" Similar crowds gathered in the streets of cities across the Western "democracies." But they had no effect on the governments in the US, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Australia, among others, who were not deterred from invading Iraq.
* Democratization is one profoundly contingent outcome of conflict and episodes of de-democratization are quite common in the histories of even those countries most commonly regarded as secure democracies today.
Even societies that have already made great advances in these very dimensions, for example most of today's western democracies, are more likely to make still further progress when their living standards rise.
* Aim to develop a mature, multi-faceted relationship between two major democracies.
The system's success saw it spread widely, and soon there were hundreds of Greek democracies. But following a series of wars, its influence began to wane, and by the end of the fourth century BC, the experiment was all but over.