Developed: the most important elements of democracy are firmly institutionalized and there are relatively high levels of economic development and prosperity (measured by. This does not mean that a citizen"s rights are the same in every country. All developed democracies are liberal or social democratic political economic systems. But vary widely in terms of public goods, public expenditures. Many are related to globalization (globalization changes what borders mean - borders between countries matter less) Both affect the sovereignty of states; move power either up or down. More authority in some policy areas than others. Much less say in military matters or issues of national security. Many countries are concern about loss of sovereignty. Some have avoided joining; others have resisted further integration (for a variety of reasons) Rejected in referenda by france and the netherlands in 2005; again by ireland in 2008. Devolution: the process of transferring power to lower, more local levels.