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Democracy: Democracy is a system of government in which the people have the power to choose their leaders and make decisions about how they are governed. It is based on the principles of equality, freedom, and participation.
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Stephen Holmes on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments

Krastev I 6
Democracy/ex-communist countries/Krastev/Holmes: After the communist collapse, according to Central Europe’s populists, liberal democracy became a new, inescapable orthodoxy. Their constant lament is that imitating the values, attitudes, institutions and practices of the West became imperative and obligatory.
Krastev I 58
Democracy/Krastev: Unlike liberalism, in any case, democracy is an exclusively national project. This is why, in the end, de Gaulle’s ‘Europe of fatherlands’ has resisted all pressures to dissolve separate member-country identities into a common post-national identity.64 Because of its inherent affinity with the universalism of human rights, liberalism is more hospitable to trans-national globalization than is democracy. But liberalism, too, works best within the context of politically bounded communities. After all, the most effective human rights organization in the world is the liberal nation-state.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

LawHolm I
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The Common Law Mineola, NY 1991

Krastev I
Ivan Krastev
Stephen Holmes
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019

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