Democratisation

Authored by: Richard Sakwa

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415576277
eBook ISBN: 9780203804490
Adobe ISBN: 9781136641022

10.4324/9780203804490.ch4

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Abstract

Democracy is a system in which parties lose elections … It is only when there are parties that lose and when losing is neither a social disgrace nor a crime that democracy flourishes … Democracy is a system of processing conflicts in which outcomes depend on what participants do but no single force controls what occurs … The decisive step toward democracy is the devolution of power from a group of people to a set of rules.

(Przeworski 1991, 10, 12, 14)

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