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21 May 2024

How does Hungary's and Poland's illiberal approach to democracy, accompanied by a nationalistic retreat, constitute a break with the values of the European Union?

Essay - 4 pages - European union

On 28 July 2014, at the twenty-fifth summer university in B?ile Tu?nad, Romania, Viktor Orbán declared: "The new state we are building in Hungary is not a liberal state, it is an illiberal state based on the value of labour." Indeed, since he came to power in Hungary in 2010, and won the...

30 Jan 2024

12 Angry Men - Reginald Rose (1953) and Sidney Lumet (1957) - To what extent is debate necessary for a trial in the American Democracy?

Text commentary - 2 pages - Political science

This document tackles three documents : - Document A is a still from the film 12 Angry Men entitled « Preliminary vote ». The film is a courtroom drama, it was directed by Sidney lumet and released in 1957. - Document B is a literary extract from a play called 12 Angry Men written for television...

21 Sep 2023

How Did the Jewish Community Manage to Reconcile War and Democracy in the Creation and Perpetuation of the Israeli State?

Essay - 4 pages - Modern history

I am going to give you a presentation on democracy and war in the Israeli state, based on the writings of Ran Halevi. Ran Halevi is a French historian, born in 1950, director of research at the CNRS. His research focuses on the political history of France as well as on Israeli political...

16 Feb 2015
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Considerations on democracy and state in the modern world

Case study - 5 pages - Educational studies

The transformations that have occurred over the past three decades in the capitalist and socialist states brought to the discussion the importance of democracy as a determinant of the changes made largely in contemporary societies. The relationship between state and democracy...

09 Mar 2015
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Schumpeter's Conception of Democracy

Case study - 2 pages - Ancient history

Schumpeter is well known for his efforts in advocating a procedural democracy definition. He sets the stage for his definition by first criticizing the implications of the 18th-century philosophy that was associated with democracy (Medearis, 2009, p. 34). He claims that the...

16 Feb 2015
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Social inequality, democracy, capitalism

Case study - 6 pages - Social, moral & civic education

In Latin America, social inequality can lead to the strengthening of anti-democratic convictions and further develop the "apartheid" prevailing social. The intervention of the political in the definition and implementation of economic and social policies is becoming more necessary, and the State...

01 Feb 2014
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Does interest representation enhance or undermine democracy in the European Union?

Essay - 4 pages - European union

The democratic legitimacy of the European Union has long been questioned and debated upon. In this essay we will consider the role of interest representation and discuss whether or not it aids or demoralizes the ideals of democracy. In order to fully investigate this question we will first...

21 Apr 2014
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What were the main factors of the collapse of " Social Democracy " in Britain?

Essay - 11 pages - Modern history

After the Second World War, the British political and economic landscape underwent a radical transformation in its own foundations. Indeed, the previous economic orthodoxy that had characterized the governing of Britain was substituted by a Keynesian form of welfare state. It was the beginning of...

24 Jul 2013
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A critical review of Downs, A. (1957) 'An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy', Journal of Political Economy, 65(2): 135-150

Case study - 3 pages - Political science

In his seminal work “An economic Theory of Political Action in Democracy” Anthony Downs suggests that traditional economic theory is united in its exclusion of the impact of government as an economic agent. He sets out to address this issue by creating a model that sets key...

19 Apr 2013
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Did Poland make a success of its return to the democracy?

Case study - 3 pages - Political science

Poland, the fatherland of Nicolas Copernicus, Frederic Chopin and Jean-Paul II, is widely regarded as an icon of the emancipation of the people's democracies of Central and Eastern Europe with respect to the USSR. More still, Poland appears in the international imagery as an effective...

17 Oct 2012
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How convincing and appealing is Schumpeter's theory of democracy?

Case study - 4 pages - Political science

Joseph Schumpeter is an American economist and political scientist from the first part of the 20th C, well-known for his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy written in 1942 during the Second World War. In this eminent work, Schumpeter has elaborated a New Theory of Democracy,...

03 Jan 2011
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The Democracy of the Chancellor in Germany

Thesis - 7 pages - Political science

The German political system, which was designed after the Second World War, is characterized by considerable stability. It strikes a balance between the four pillars of power, namely the government formed by the chancellor, the parliament (Bundestag) where party influence is exercised, the...

30 Jun 2011
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Exploring the relationship between democracy and MDG progress

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

The Millenium Development Goals of 2000 focused the international community on the development and health advances of the developing world. To succeed in completing these goals, massive amounts of aid have been sent to developing countries, though many conditions have been attached. Many...

27 Jan 2011
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Democracy Ancient and Modern' by Moses I. Finley

Book review - 15 pages - Political science

"It was the Greeks who discovered not only democracy but also politics, the art of reaching decisions through public discussion, and to obey those decisions as a necessary condition for existence of a social civilization." Posed between paying homage to the great Hellenic legacy and its...

14 Jun 2011
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Archon Fung and Deliberative Democracy: How Educated Voters can Determine Their Own Best Interests

Thesis - 5 pages - Political science

A government led by representatives of the people has seemingly become the accepted method of representing the wants and needs of the masses. Yet it is easy to see how these people in power may have more ability to influence the desire of the voters rather than allowing the voters' interest...

13 Apr 2010
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The missing link: No child left thinking: Democracy at-risk in American schools

Thesis - 4 pages - Social, moral & civic education

In “No Child Left Thinking, Democracy At-Risk in American Schools,” Joel Westheimer asks readers a simple question: if they had “stepped into a school” and observed a classroom “lesson related to [a] country's political ideals,” would they be able to tell...

15 Mar 2010
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Capitalism, democracy and power

Thesis - 4 pages - Political science

Both James Madison and Karl Marx can be considered “democrats”; however both vastly differ on their theories and understanding of democracy and government on a wide spectrum of issues. If Karl Marx were to be asked his opinion of Madison's Federalist#10 in the post-Paris Commune...

23 Aug 2010
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Democracy and religion

Thesis - 6 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Religion and democracy, though resting on similar principles, have been at logger heads constantly. There are several instances in history that have depicted a constant clash between these two concepts. Democracy has battled with theocracy and has replaced in many parts of Europe....

29 Sep 2010
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Democracy in the US Constitution: Representation and the Balance of Powers

Essay - 2 pages - Constitutional law

Although the US Constitution intended to ensure the principles of equal representation and freedom of political expression, the imperfect process by which the document was created resulted in various undemocratic principles that are contrary to the spirit of the given prompt. The Constitution not...

29 Sep 2010
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Jihad Vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber. Two opposite tendencies that threaten democracy

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

Benjamin R. Barber is a professor of political science and director of the Whitman Center at Rutgers University. His popular books are Strong Democracy (1984), An aristocracy of Everyone (1992), and Jihad Vs. McWorld (Times Books, 1995). Jihad Vs. McWorld, his last book was published in...

29 Sep 2010
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Compare and contrast Rousseau's and Tocqueville's accounts of the civil function of religion in a democracy. Consider closely the respective merits of their case before offering your own assessment

Essay - 4 pages - Philosophy

Rousseau and Tocqueville fundamentally agree that the civil function of religion is to strengthen the bond that exists between the people and the law. However, the two men differ in their views on how this bond should be strengthened. Rousseau argues in favor of a new, civil religion being...

29 Sep 2010
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Phillips and Young - the common critique of liberalism and the divergence of views on democracy, the equality and rights

Essay - 2 pages - Economy general

Our modern society has been solidly founded upon liberal principles; the Enlightenment constitutes one of the most influential political ideas in the nation-building process. Nevertheless, some criticism has emerged as our society seems to fail to provide all its citizens political equality....

29 Sep 2010
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International Law and Organization: Weighing the Democracy Deficit

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

The history of the relationship between the United States and international law and organization has always been a love-hate one. While historically the U.S. has unquestionably been one of the strongest proponents of the development of international organizations such as the United Nations...

23 Aug 2010
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Islam and democracy

Thesis - 6 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, political scientists and researchers in international relations have abandoned the bipolar pattern between the USSR and the United States. Following the implosion of the Soviet bloc in 1991, issues concerning the East-West conflict have disappeared,...

20 Mar 2009
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Democracy in Africa

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

In the sphere of comparative politics, and more specifically, African politics, many notable changes have taken place over the last two decades. In this time, considerable research on African politics has centered on democracy and its implementation is different African nations. It was...

13 Jan 2009
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Pluralism, democracy, and citizenship

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

‘Most people think that democratic decisions have special moral force - which we have good reasons to obey laws that are democratically chosen. If this is true, why is it true? If it's not true, why is it not?' Democracy is commonly regarded as the best, or the least bad, political...

13 Jul 2009
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Euro communism: Linking democracy and socialism

Thesis - 8 pages - Political science

Simply speaking, Euro communism was a political trend that developed in the 1970s and 1980s in many of the Western European communist parties as a way of applying their political agenda in a way that would be more acceptable in a Western European democracy as it would have less affiliation...

13 Jul 2009
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Freedom, Liberty and Democracy

Thesis - 5 pages - Political science

Democracy is considered by many to be the best type of political system possible, and among this group many believe the system of democracy in the United States is also the best of the best. This notion is one worth examining, and one that in some way has become more relevant in the...

05 Mar 2009
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Democracy deficit in Canada

Thesis - 6 pages - Political science

Canadians have always loved the fact that their nation is a democracy, and arguable one of the most developed democracies in the world. However, now more than ever before, there is a call from many Canadians to reinvigorate and revitalize democratic institutions in the country. One only...

17 May 2009
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A critical examination of the European Union's commitment and approach to promoting democracy and Human Rights in accession candidate countries and elsewhere in the world

Thesis - 10 pages - European union

The current image of European Union's democracy promotion is marred by the discrepancies of member states' attitude vis-à-vis the Chinese violation of the Human Rights. In contrast to most European countries, Great Britain and Germany have already claimed that they will not assist to the...