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Framing democracy: the democratic continuum

Kirsten Haack

in The United Nations Democracy Agenda

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780719079818
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079818.003.0002
Framing democracy: the democratic continuum

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This chapter discusses different interpretations of democracy using the democratic continuum as analytical tool. It explains that the democratic continuum is conceptualised as ranging from minimal/procedural democracy to maximal/substantive democracy and argues that the problems influencing definitions of democracy are exacerbated by the different use and study of democracy by democracy theory and democratisation studies. This chapter contends that the democratic continuum aims to capture the nuances in defining democracy and draw out the lack of clearly set boundaries between definitions without imposing such boundaries.

Keywords: democracy; democratic continuum; procedural democracy; maximal/substantive democracy; democratisation studies

Chapter.  10970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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