POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Liberal Democracy, Social Democracy, Statism

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all but gone from the world, however; not completely exists in some places. communism and fascism once represented legitimate alternatives to liberal democracy. politics that cast off the restraints of liberal democracy; politics of violence. millions of people that died under communism & fascism: represents the world that we live in today. most people do not know what it is to live in fear. liberal democratic politics is really about politics beyond the realm of physical safety. 19th century is peak of liberalism"s appeal. liberal institutions develop even where social basis is not obviously present. some people had the trappings of liberal democracy. countries in eastern europe were nowhere near ready for democracy. this was the era in which democracy and liberalism was charismatic; had appeal everywhere. biggest group not integrated into political life (i. e. the proletariat) wanted an extension of the franchise (the vote)

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