By Georg Sorensen

What's democracy? What are the pitfalls and the confident potentials within the transforming into development towards democratization? This publication examines the customers for democracy on the earth at the present time and frames the principal problem confronting all states touched by means of the method of democratization. Georg S?rensen clarifies the concept that of democracy, exhibits its software in numerous contexts, and questions no matter if democratic development will continue-and if this is the case, at what cost. the implications of democracy for financial improvement, human rights, and peaceable family between nations are illuminated in either their optimistic and dangers. This 3rd version comprises a wholly new bankruptcy at the merchandising of democracy from the skin which covers present problems with kingdom development in Iraq. extra revisions contain updates to the part at the clients of democracy in today’s global, a longer dialogue of the industrial functionality of lately democratized nations, and an assessment of the probabilities for extra democratic consolidation. There also are new case experiences, examples, and anecdotes to demonstrate historic in addition to modern cases of democratic transition. Democracy, as S?rensen convincingly portrays it, is a cost in itself in addition to a possible promoter of peace, prosperity, and human health. yet democracy isn't inevitable, and activities at each level-from the person to the international-are essential to make sure that frail or “frozen” democracies don't flounder and that validated democracies flourish.

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Held’s concept of democracy expands political democracy in two respects: further liberalization and more participation. Once political democracy has been reached, further democratization is possible according to Held’s broad concept of democracy. On one dimension, this means additional liberalization. Formal political rights and liberties are worth little if citizens are not secured equal rights in a more substan- What Is Democracy? 2 17 The movement from political democracy toward democratic LIBERALIZATION autonomy Substantive benefits and entitlements WELFARE DEMOCRACY DEMOCRATIC AUTONOMY Formal rights and liberties POLITICAL DEMOCRACY SOCIAL DEMOCRACY Public institutions and governmental processes Social institutions and economic processes PARTICIPATION Source: Modified from Guillermo O’Donnell and Philippe C.

41 That may be going too far. Socioeconomic conditions do affect the quality of political democracy but they do not prevent the development of a democratic system. At the same time, socioeconomic inequalities can impede real political equality in industrialized countries as well. 42 Several projects in recent years have attempted to go beyond the crude Freedom House measure in order to assess the quality of democracy around the world. 43 Larry Diamond has coordinated the Quality of Democracy project, which examines eight dimensions on which democracies can vary in quality.

In historical terms, democracy as it has been defined here is a very recent phenomenon. Only four countries— Australia, Finland, New Zealand, and Norway—had extended suffrage to women before World War I. 45 The semidemocracies of nineteenth-century Europe became fully democratic only in the twentieth century, and several of them, including Italy, Germany, Austria, and Spain, suffered setbacks to nondemocratic rule in the 1920s and 1930s. Consequently it is only for the period after World War II that extended, stable democratic rule existed in the industrialized countries of Western Europe and North America.

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