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Lifting the veil over democracy: elections

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/9780719079818.003.0004
Lifting the veil over democracy: elections

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This chapter shows how United Nations (UN) democracy emerged and was shaped by the increasing democratisation of member states. It suggests that the vision of democracy—elections—which emerged in the late 1980s/early 1990s only describes a historically distinct phase of the creation and legitimisation of a new UN idea but also represents a particular institutional as well as ideological practice and understanding. This chapter also identifies the political and social changes that provided the impetus for a new international dimension of democracy, which enabled the creation of a UN democracy agenda.

Keywords: UN democracy; democratisation; member states; elections; ideological practice; political change; social change

Chapter.  12523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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