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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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This, when assembled, is the largest and most powerful class in a democracy.
Very well; and may we not rightly say that we have sufficiently discussed the nature of tyranny, and the manner of the transition from democracy to tyranny?
Speaking when he received a delegation from Save Democracy Africa Group, led by Sen.
The biblical narrative of the annual Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ carries a message of democracy, peace and equality for humankind.
In "Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want", Adam Eichen (a Democracy Fellow at the Small Planet Institute) and Frances Moore Lappe (the author of "Diet for a Small Planet") offers a fresh and inspiring response to this crisis.
ISLAMABAD -- Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Friday said continuation of democracy was indispensible for national peace, stability and progress.
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that democracy is an international system comprising of independence of opinion for evaluating socio-political, economical and cultural systems of the people.
The Smart Social Contract white paper can be downloaded at the Democracy Earth Foundation website Democracy.
It is a heated topic of scholarly debate since years whether democracy is possible in the Middle East or not with some arguing that democracy is simply incompatible with the Middle Eastern values, while some saying democracy will work in the region; but it is a matter of time.
The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present, by David Runciman.
Ahead of the International Day of Democracy, Sep 15, we chart our progress, and look at goals ahead.
KARACHI -- Pakistan Peoples Partys leadership Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has used the International Democracy Day an opportunity to counter drive against its corrupt leaders and ministers by saying it was a changing guise and tactics by the enemies of democracy.