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Democracy and Elections$
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Richard S. Katz

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195044294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.001.0001

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Values and Institutions

Values and Institutions

(p.3) 1 Values and Institutions
Democracy and Elections

Richard S. Katz (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between values and institution in the context of democratic elections. It suggests that the debate over the value and place of elections in modern democracy stems from the problem of defining democracy itself. Analyzing the values implicit in the use of the term democracy is important in understanding the relationship between democracy and elections. This is because political arrangements can be evaluated only if the standards to be applied are clear and because a detailing of the values involved in debates over the meaning of democracy is necessary if the politics and outcome of institutional reforms are to be understood.

Keywords:   democracy, elections, political arrangements, political values, political institution, institutional reforms

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