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Unformatted text preview: 1) There are many democracies in the world today, and no two are completely identical. Culturally, religiously, economically, politically, and even ethnically different democracies exist in the world today. To say that democracy requires an active civil society, supportive cultural values, and ethnic homogeneity would make a large majority of the democracies today not democracies. - Civil Society Putnam- Civil Society creates social capital and a general formal t rust. Social capital is great for democratic transition. It creates a space for discourse critical of the current government. I t can also assist in collective action. Japan Democracy has instilled a variety of civil rights to Japan, including freedom of speech and of the press, that have constrained the governments ability to interfere in the practice of individual liberties I ndia The proliferation of cilvil society organizations, social movements of all kinds, voluntary associations, etc., all of which articulate demands outside of the party process. China China Reading: politics is not something that is a regular topic of discussion in China. A majority say they never talk about politics with others, a stark reflection of lack of active interest. For the most part, the function of interest aggregation is monopolized by the Communist Part, although the methods employed have evolved over the years.- Supportive Cultural Values The Korean Asian Values article A majority of Koreans remain at least partially attached to widely cited Asian values. In Korea, authoritarian rulers often exploited Confucian ideals and values in order to justify non-democratic political institutions and practices. Using empirical observation, there is little to no democracy in parts of Asia. With this stated, empirical observation, there is little to no democracy in parts of Asia....
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2008 for the course POL SCI 2 taught by Professor Price during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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