What is democracy.docx - 1 What is democracy a Minimalist definition democracy is a regime in which government offices are filled by contested elections

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1. What is democracy? a. Minimalist definition- democracy is a regime in which government offices are filled by contested elections b. Democracy is a system in which incumbents lose elections and leave office when the rules dictate c. All other regimes are not democratic d. Challenges i. All government offices ii. Single- party governments iii. Very popular governments e. Maximalist definitions i. Social or economic aspects ii. Accountability, responsibility, responsiveness, or representation iii. Freedom, liberties, or human rights iv. Participation 1. Many democracies wouldn’t be considered that if voter turnout is low 2. Townhalls 3. Veto power 4. Referendum v. Civil-military relations 2. What is democratization? a. 3 basic components i. Ending an authoritarian regime ii. Installing a democratic regime iii. Consolidating a democratic regime b. Different causes may be responsible for each of these developments 3. Various theories of the causes of democratization: a partial list a. High overall level of economic wealth
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