What is democracy? What is the relation between democracy and individual rights? Is majority rule always democratic? How can democracy be maintained and improved?
This book tackles these and other questions about democracy, covering six broad areas:
- basic concepts and principles,
- free and fair elections,
- open and accountable government,
- individual rights and their defence,
- democratic or civil society,
- the future of democracy.
This revised edition also takes into account new challenges facing our societies, from international terrorism to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Its clear exposition of democratic theory and practice will be of value to students, activists, civil servants and interested citizens across the world.