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The scope of politics is broader than that of government, which is restricted to the activities of state officials. The nation-state exists if there is the exercise of sovereignty; the population has rights and duties as citizens, and there is a shared sense of nationalism. Most societies purport to be democratic in the limited sense of rule by the people. Authoritarianism and democracy are contrasting ideal-types and there is an additional distinction between participative democracy and representative democracy. Liberal democracy triumphed over communist societies because of its association with capitalism’s ability to create wealth, the clamour for greater openness in a globalized society and the provision of more information through mass communications and the Internet. Despite the apparent triumph of liberal democracy, there are still undercurrents of discontent with the political process. The global spread of democracy coexists with the paradox of voter apathy, cynicism
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2010 for the course SOCIOLOGY Sociology taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '10 term at Open Uni..

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