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DEMOCRACY, government. That form of government in which the sovereign power is exercised by the people in a body, as was the practice in some of the states of Ancient Greece; the term representative democracy has been given to a republican government like that of the United States.

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By focusing on poor indicators of instability such as coups, revolutions, and political assassinations, the current literature has failed to differentiate between the collapse of democratic and authoritarian rules or whether democratic regimes collapse for the same reasons as do authoritarian regimes.
Such a trust is founded on the assumption that democratic regimes are inherently not militant, not aggressive, and by their very nature peace-loving.
There were many considerations that had to be carefully evaluated, in particular, the implications such a court might have for the delicate process of dismantling tyrannies and replacing them with democratic regimes, committed to uphold human rights,' Annan said.
As it enters the 21st century, Latin America is marked by the co-existence of democratic regimes alongside a range of deeply disturbing political and socio-economic factors, from rampant corruption and widespread violence to wrenching inequalities.
He added: "The false interpretation of basic human rights can drive democratic regimes to transform themselves into totalitarian regimes.
This failure to end the civil war by democratic rather than military means was more than a missed opportunity for it revealed the intractability of northern rule, irrespective of military or democratic regimes, on the fundamental political dominance of Islamic institutions.
The Catholic Church had little patience with the human rights reforms and democratic regimes of the later 19th and early 20th centuries.
Noting that the introduction of national systems of secondary education paralleled the growing importance of middle classes, Caron nonetheless concludes that the high school was less important for the "social promotion" celebrated by democratic regimes like the Third Republic than for functioning as a "normative agent" dispensing "general culture" and discipline to future elites.
The weakest portion of Rummel's reply, however, is his attempt to deal with the embarrassing point that during the Cold War the United States government overthrew democratic regimes in other countries.

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