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Elections and Democracy

Richard S. Katz

in Democracy and Elections

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195044294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0015
Elections and Democracy

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the relation between elections and democracy. The result reveals that there are two classes of democratic theories each encompassing a number of alternative models of democracy and each are dependent on alternative assumptions about the character of elites and social structure. The chapter describes the best or most democratic electoral systems based on the analysis of democratic values and of the operation and consequences of electoral institutions.

Keywords: elections; democracy; democratic theories; social structure; electoral system; democratic values; electoral institutions

Chapter.  16469 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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