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  1. Introduction
  2. Soviet experience
  3. The direct conflict
  4. Soviet model
  5. The informal sources of power
  6. The democracy in society
  7. The political community
  8. The judges and police chiefs
  9. Conclusion

The discussion of democratic political development in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Empire is interesting and it begs the question: did the Soviet model of social and political organization add anything to our understanding of democracy, and what were the advantages and costs of the system? While the Soviet system perished, its implementation had a profound effect on the development of democracy.

[...] There is also the issue of what the need to be constantly elected does to the decision making process of the individual. Elected politicians only serve fixed terms; they know that they will have to be re- elected soon enough. As such, their decisions are based on this need to be re-elected. There are many positions in society that cannot operate in this manner. For example, judges and police chiefs. If they made decisions for the purpose of making the majority happy (so they would vote), then they might not always be the best decisions. [...]


[...] Democratic political development The discussion of democratic political development in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Empire is interesting and it begs the question: did the Soviet model of social and political organization add anything to our understanding of democracy, and what were the advantages and costs of the system? While the Soviet system perished, its implementation had a profound effect on the development of democracy. To begin with, the Soviet experience gave the needed perspective to see democracy in a whole new way. [...]

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