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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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"Once again, none of western EuropeA[sup.3]s 'flawed democracies'--Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium, Cyprus and Greece-- moved into the "full democracy" category," the EIU's accompanying report said, adding that a persistent decline in the quality of democracy had increased support for anti-establishment parties in western Europe, on both the left and right.
Rating how democracies function becomes contentious because the metrics are changing; as communities become more politically mature, the concept of democracy expands to embrace additional elements.
Mass support for democracy in these new democracies is conditional on the performance of the new democratic regime, especially the regime's ability to boost economic growth.
It should be admitted that this was the first inborn omission of democracy which later democracies have yet to escape.
America's founding fathers, who were familiar with the democracies of the classical Greeks, distrusted democracy.
GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, December 28, 2011 (Frontier Star): President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday vowed to fight for democracy and said only real democracy can deliver and not the tailor-made democracies. We will fight for democracy as we do not fight for seats, President Zardari said while addressing a huge gathering here at the mausoleum of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on her fourth death anniversary.
It also includes contributions on the mechanisms for dialogue and consensus building, essential elements for the consolidation of inclusionary and sustainable democracies in the hemisphere.
Huo examines the ideology of social democracy and explains how its adaptation through time leads to the third way: there is a genuine transformation in social democracy on an intellectual level.1 Renwick analyzes primarily reforms in established democracies: established democracies are characterized by "normal politics" in which a focus on power dominates.
We hope this paper makes a significant contribution to evaluating the government model of democracy, the development of a rights-based democratic order, the democratic capacity for disagreement, the Internet's impact on political life, and political decisions in democracies. In this paper I am particularly interested in exploring persuasion in democratic politics, the need for democratic legitimation, the relationship between deliberation and democratic legitimacy, the politics of a democratic society, the quest for a law-based supranational order, and the liberal components of democracy.
Opinion polls show that across the board conservatives are more likely than liberals to say that the United States should help establish democracies in other countries.
Countries like Bhutan and Maldives, two of the world's youngest democracies, have forged new paths, one responding to the vision of its King and the other to the yearning of its people.
(3) Underpinning liberal democracy's ideational strength has been a geopolitical environment favoring a core group of industrially advanced, established liberal democracies, with the United States as the self-appointed vanguard of this global democratic movement.