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POLS 1150 Lecture 7: Democratic and Non-Democratic Regimes Cont'd (January 23)

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Political Science
POLS 1150
Mark Yanisziewski

Lecture 7: Democratic and Non-Democratic Regimes Cont’d – January 23 Reading: People, Politics, and Government, pp. 100-109 and 120-128 Political Regimes Around the World (Democratic, Totalitarian, Authoritarian) Democratic Regimes Cont’d • North Korea is considered a democracy but, also Canada – definition is just power of people not necessarily will • Vladimir Lenin believed in the Vanguard Party o Was in front of the people, showing direction to follow o Party expressed will of people even if they did not realize it was not in their best interest o So, Koreans can argue are actually acting in will of people that do not know what is best • Major groups – Fascism and National Socialists focused on will of leader to embody will of people (no effort to be democratic) Divisionof Democratic Regimes (3) • Each regime along spectrum and not definitive Direct Democracy Combined/Mixed Systems Indirect Democracy (Representative) Direct Democracy • People affected by policy take policy decisions for themselves o No intermediates, make decisions for self – no leader • Found in communities: o Religious o Communes o Anarchist ▪ Have been efforts to employ on large scale ▪ “Free territory” (Ukraine), supressed by communists ▪ Aragon, Catalonia (Spain) – 1930’s at time of Spanish civil war, supressed by fascists Combined Systems • People make decisions by themselves for themselves but, employ representatives as well o Elected leaders, a lot of decisions taken by referendum • e.g. Ancient Athens o Combination of indirect and direct o Women, slaves, non-true Athenians exempted o Citizens regularly participated in juries – modern includes 12 people, ancient with 201 citizens o According to Aristotle – every year one out of six Athenian citizens expected to participate in above o Also, had Assembly – and vast majority of Athenians would talk/vote on imp
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