Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
We expect democracy to be the utopia of government
Larry Diamond's Components of democracy
democracy doesn't fulfil our expectations : democracy deficit
up until 2007, if you were convicted of a crime you were not allowed to vote in 11 different
Is democracy a universal idea?
is there life after democracy?
is democracy the end game?
countries that don't claim to be democratic: Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Burma, Vatican city
today 58.2% of the world lives in a democracy (UN)
Think about the trajectories, but the historical pattern is: more of the world is becoming
religion and economy doesn't matter today about whether a country is democratic or not (8 of
the 27 Muslim countries are democratic)
there is a popular support of democracy (over 80%)
you can also look at the world in regional terms (influences of culture, social, etc)
"I would argue that universal consent is not required for something to be a universal value.
Rather, the claim of a universal value is that people anywhere may have reason to see it as
valuable" (Amartya Sen : Nobel peace prize winner, economist)
democracy could also be a vehicle to get to the ideal
ideology determines that democracy is complex
What is an ideology? Could be a preconceived notion on a particular topic. Something
systematic about i