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Unformatted text preview: 6/10/10 1 DEMOCRACY: PRECONDITIONS, TRANSITION, CONSOLIDATION Professor Luc Turgeon October 6 th , 2010 Key Terms Preconditions of democracy Democratic transition Pacted transition Democratic consolidation Country: India, South Africa, Germany Key Questions Are there preconditions to democracy? What makes democracy endure? 6/10/10 2 A REVIEW Democracy Rule by the people “A system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected representatives” (Schmitter and Karl) Authoritarianism Mintz: “A non-democratic system of government” Differences between Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes Legitimacy… When the members of the political community accept the authority of those in government When government authority is based on legitimacy, citizens feel they have a duty or obligation to obey, or abide by, what the government legislates....
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