A Critique Of Democracy

Geoffrey Lloyd

in Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270163
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602276 | DOI:
A Critique Of Democracy

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A comparison between ancient and modern political systems can be used to highlight certain weaknesses in current representative democracy, especially when voter participation is low and where lobbying by pressure groups may distort the decision taking process. Meanwhile translating democratic principles, and the principle of accountability, on to an international scale is fraught with difficulties, the most obvious being that the UN is in no position, at present, to implement the decisions of the General Assembly when these do not suit the policies of the one remaining superpower, the USA.

Keywords: accountability; democracy; lobbying; pressure groups; UN; USA

Chapter.  8220 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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