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Project begun Tuesday April 4 2006 This draft begun June 3 2008 version as of July 8 2009 For presentation at the Ex Uno Plures Welfare Without Illusion a conference sponsored by the European Center for the Study of Public Choice and the Research Centre for International Economics September 14 16 2009 at Sapienza University of Rome Presentation Draft SOME DEMOCRACIES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS USING NEED SATISFACTION TO EVALUATE DEMOCRATIC PERFORMANCE Joe A Oppenheimer Professor Department of Government Politics University of Maryland College Park Maryland 20742 301 405 4113 www bsos umd edu gvpt oppenheimer e mail joppenheimer gvpt umd edu Norman Frohlich Professor Emeritus I H Asper School of Business University of Manitoba and Department of Social and Preventive Medicine University of Montreal e mail frohlic ms umanitoba ca Maria Dimitriu Graduate Student Department of Government Politics with Cyrus Aghamolla Student Department of Government Politics KEY WORDS Democracy constitutional evaluation social welfare needs social justice This work was greatly assisted by the opportunity we had to work with Gillian Brock at the University of Auckland She had the insight to integrate literature on satisfying basic needs into our arguments and experiments on distributive justice The Philosophy Department of the University of Auckland afforded us a wonderful environment to consider these questions Earlier our work with Eduardo Frajman was crucial in developing our thinking regarding the relation between democracies and welfare The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has supported this work from its onset while the Universities of Manitoba Maryland and Montreal all have helped support this research over various time periods Comments by Karol Soltan Peter Levine and other members of the Maryland CP4 Workshop were very helpful as were comments by Karen Kaufmann Eric Uslaner and others in the Maryland American Politics Workshop Drafts were presented at the Faculty



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