Why democratic theory?

Jean Paul Gagnon, Mark Chou

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Abstract

The post-1945 world is well documented for its surge in the study of and struggles over “democracy”. The Eurocentric and then Pacifi c wars were—and continue to be—in part understood as a fight over ideology. Ideas of fascism, nazism, and empire as well as the totality of the state came face to face with ideas like democracy. Considered the panacea to all the world’s political ills, democracy was employed by the West as both stick and carrot. For a system of governance that simply connoted a state restrained by periodic and competitive elections, democracy’s value soon became much more signifi cant. Through the rule of law, statespeople and scholars started equating democracy with the protection of the individual’s civil, political, economic, social, and cultural freedoms. Some also began aligning democracy with sacred principles relating to no harm, nonviolence, antiweaponry, anticolonialism, anticommunism, and antiauthoritarianism—especially during the postwar international meetings of states and, later, the cultural revolutions of the circa 1960s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

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