Democratic values

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    Abstract

    This article looks at an assessment of the extent to which people all over the world support democracy as a form of government. It presents the argument that such an assessment cannot provide enough information as long as the people's definition of democracy remains uncertain. It then discusses the main connotations that people associate with democracy with the main democratic values discerned in normative democratic theory. Finally, the article assesses the extent people uphold the more specific values of democracy, if they are asked to apply them in particular instances.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour
    EditorsRussell J. Dalton, Hans‐Dieter Klingemann
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Pages418-434
    ISBN (Print)978-0-19-927012-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Democracy
    • Form of government
    • Definition of democracy
    • Main connotations
    • Main democratic values
    • Normative democratic theory
    • Specific values of democracy

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    Thomassen, J. (2007). Democratic values. In R. J. Dalton, & HD. Klingemann (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour (pp. 418-434). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0022