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Democratic Values

Jacques Thomassen

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0022

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Democratic Values

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This article looks at an assessment of the extent to which people all over the world support democracy as a form of government. It presents the argument that such an assessment cannot provide enough information as long as the people's definition of democracy remains uncertain. It then discusses the main connotations that people associate with democracy with the main democratic values discerned in normative democratic theory. Finally, the article assesses the extent people uphold the more specific values of democracy, if they are asked to apply them in particular instances.

Keywords: democracy; form of government; definition of democracy; main connotations; main democratic values; normative democratic theory; specific values of democracy

Article.  7957 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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