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Political Science
Christopher Anderson

Modern Democracy Modern democracy is rule by many, characterized by leadership selection through elections, constitutionalism, and the rule of law. Guillermo O‟Donnell sees modern democracy as the reference point for hope: people see the potential in democracy. O‟Donnell shows that democracy is an ECC and that all democracies fail to meet basic human rights on some level. Democracy is based on the ideal of rule by the people. Liberal, representative democracy provides citizens with indirect control of laws and policies through the election of persons and parties to make decisions on their behalf. By providing political freedoms, individuals can express their views, organize to influence the laws and policies of government, and have a free choice in elections. Liberal democracy provides a way of combining freedom with some degree of equality. Modern democ
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