Extending democracy I: governance

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:
Extending democracy I: governance

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This chapter explores an extended version of democracy, focusing on governance. It explains that this vision of democracy built on both the strengths and weaknesses of elections to create something more comprehensive that would better meet the challenges of an increasing portfolio of demands. This chapter analyses the state of democracy and the trajectory of democratisation in the 1990s and identifies a range of drivers which contributed to the development of this new, governance-focussed democracy agenda. It shows that as democracy was no longer confined to the constraints of a minimal definition, it assumed a greater degree of substance, thereby moving further to the right of the democratic continuum.

Keywords: governance; democracy; democratisation; minimal definition; democratic continuum

Chapter.  14182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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