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Thick and Thin definition of Democracy

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Political Science
Sophia Moreau

Thick and Thin definition of Democracy Freedom House Rating Freedom House is an organization that assigns ratings to countries around the world based on how democratic they are. Many of such organizations measure democracy in correlation with freedom Countries can be more or less democratic, and the most democratic countries are those in which there are the highest levels of freedom. On the other hand, if indicator of democracy is election, then democracy is dichotomous variable: either democratic or nondemocratic (either have election or dont have it) Depending on what correlates democracy, democracy can be seen as continuous categories (that you can have more or less on), or see it as dichotomous variable Growth of democracy is legitimate: created proliferation meaning of democracy (word means different thing to different people in different parts of the world). There is a real confusion over what demoracy is, what its defined characteristics are, how we can tell whether a country is really democratic or not There is no one authoritative definition but all definitions have normative context (meaning they are ideological, they have particular purpose ) Is democracy primarily a mechanism elections that rotates political leaders in office; or is it primarily a commitment to the twin ideals of freedom and equality? Democracy = power of the people [ Demos (people) + kratos (power) ] Classical theory of democracy Common will (input) Democractic Process (deliberation) common Good Ancient Greece
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