Elections Do Not a Democracy Make

French Revolution ousting absolute Monarchy.

French Revolution ousting absolute Monarchy.

The Economist recently published an essay on the state of democracy in the world. It shows that simply holding elections does not constitute a healthy democracy. In the UK political party membership has declined from 20% to 1%. In both established democracies and in new democracies fundamental questions are being asked about how to have a healthy political democracy which can avoid the excesses of selfish majoritarianism.

I would have also liked to have seen more on the excesses of inequality as an erosion of economic democracy but this essay is worth the several pages of reading. http://www.economist.com/news/essays/21596796-democracy-was-most-successful-political-idea-20th-century-why-has-it-run-trouble-and-what-can-be-do?frsc=dg%7Ca&fsrc=scn%2Ftw_app_ipad

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