What is a consolidated democracy

Defective and consolidated democracy

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Between the completely undemocratic political regimes that

Autocracies

, and the completed one

constitutional democracies

there are some intermediate forms. They arise either in the transition to democracy or as a result of their decline. The defective democracies are characterized by the fact that they have laid an important foundation for democracy with the introduction of the general equal suffrage, but in other important respects they do not meet the democratic norms or only very incompletely, so that their claim to democracy as a whole is called into question is. Defective democracies deserve special attention because they appear superficially as democracies, but in practice they deny their own claims in important respects in a way that is not so easily recognizable. They demand either the single-minded advancement of democratization that has begun or the prevention of the progressive dismantling of democracy.

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About this chapter
title
Defective and consolidated democracy
book
What is democracy

Print ISBN: 978-3-531-15488-6

Electronic ISBN: 978-3-531-91434-3

Copyright Year: 2009

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-91434-3

DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-531-91434-3_16
publishing company
VS publishing house for social sciences