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Defining Democratization

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Defining Democratization PSC 330

Addie Minton
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Nicholas Kerr

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This 2 page One Day of Notes was uploaded by Addie Minton on Tuesday January 13, 2015. The One Day of Notes belongs to PSC 330 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Nicholas Kerr in Winter2015. Since its upload, it has received 235 views. For similar materials see Democratization in Political Science at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 01/13/15
Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy What is Comparative Politics The study of domestic politics a subfield of political science subject study of political phenomena that occurs particularly within state society country or political system method making comparisons distinguishing similarities and differences within units of analysis What is democracy democracy political regime in which political power is exercised directly and indirectly by the people political regime set of institutions norms and rules by which political authority is exercised within a state state organization that exercises authority within a given geographical region and claims monopoly of the physical means of coercion government people who run the state or have the authority to act in behalf of the state at a particular point in time Egypt The state is the permanent entity No change The regime rules found within a state Democratic government individuals who run the government Morsi Origins of Democracy Demokratia Greek word Demos people Kratos rule Combined Rule by the People Approaches to define Democracy Procedural Minimalist classifies regimes in terms of institutions and procedures minimum conditions that must be present for democracy to exist substantive classifies regimes in regard to the outcomes that they produce Procedural Approach to Democracy Joseph Schumpeter 1950s Competitive struggle Voting all adult citizens have the right to vote officials chosen in free fair and periodic elections elections determine top officeholders Procedural Democracy Robert Dahl 1990s people have the opportunity to formulate their preferences signify their preferences to their fellow citizens and the government to have preferences weighed equally in the conduct of government Polyarchy political regime with high levels of both contestation and inclusion contestation competition for office inclusion political participation Seven Principles of Democracy elected officials constitutionally responsible for governance officials chosen in free fair and periodic elections practically all adults have the right to vote practically all adults have the right to run for office freedom of speech freedom of press freedom of association Procedural Democracy When combining seven principles it is defined as a political regime in which citizens participate in free fair and periodic elections for office holders and citizens enjoy a matrix of civil liberties Substantive Democracy classifies regimes based on the policy outcomes that they produce or the quality or depth of democracy Elements of a substantive understanding equality and justice peace unity personal security socioeconomic development Should we use the procedural or substantive substantive challenges less agreement on what democracy should entail outcomes are causally related with regime type procedural challenges fallacy of electoralism equating democracy with multiparty elections regardless of the quality of the elections


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