UW-Madison POLISCI 106 - What is Democracy? (4 pages)

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What is Democracy?


This lecture goes over what a democracy is and describes the different types of democracies and also critiques each of them.

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
Polisci 106 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

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POLI SCI 106 1st Edition Lecture 3 Outline of Last Lecture 1 States vs Nations 2 Challenges to the State 3 National Identity 4 Nationalism 5 Nationalism vs Patriotism 6 National Self Determination 7 Why Do People Accept Authority 8 Legitimacy 9 The Political System 10 Constitutions 11 Constitutions and Power Outline of Current Lecture The State and Democracy III 1 What is Democracy 2 Key Elements 3 Democratic System 4 Recognizing a Democracy 5 Ideal Types 6 Democracy A Process 7 Democracy The Outcomes 8 Critiques of 3 Models Current Lecture The State and Democracy III What is Democracy rule by the people or collective self rule citizens act indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected officials Schmitter and Karl rulers are held accountable by citizens Key Elements Dahl elected representatives of the people free fair and frequent elections leaders responsible for actions freedom of expression These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute alternative sources of information freedom of association inclusive citizenship conception of democracy evolves over time A Democratic System allows for free formulation of preferences through use of basic freedoms association information communication for purpose of free competition between leaders whose claim to rule is validated at regular intervals by nonviolent means without excluding any political office from that competition without prohibiting any members of the political community from expressing their preferences How do we recognize a democracy not always straightforward democracy continuum significant variation within category of democracy meaning has been evolving both as a concept and in reality universal suffrage women and minorities Germany 1918 Australia 1964 US 1965 Voting Rights Act Switzerland 1971 different normative ideas Trustee democracy do what they want know better Representative

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