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POL 101 - Democracy and Equality

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Department
Political Science
Course
POL101Y1
Professor
Jeffrey Kopstein
Semester
Fall

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Problems With Democracy 10/24/2011 9:20:00 AM Rules of the game Managing diversity Democracy is reflective of the norm of inclusion. We are all part of democracy. Institutionalized uncertainty: democracy institutionalizes uncertainty. This is what keeps democracy stable, the not knowing of who is going to win an election. If your party loses, you can run again next time. Uncertainty gives stability: if you lose, you don’t take to the streets, you regroup and you plan for next time Variations of democracy: No two democracies are the same. Democratic institutions are tailored to different kinds of ethnic, cultural, and economic contexts. In some political systems, efficiency is more important. Democracy depends on the needs of the society. It is applied to reflect different social and economic needs and contexts. It changes over time as societies change. Equality: At the core of democracy is the notion of equality. Individuals are treated equally. Your vote is the same as anyone else’s. The truest form of democracy is one in which we see the greatest social and economic equality. No matter what form of democracy, equality is central. Equality of Opportunity:  Politica
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