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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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Elections and Democracy

Elections and Democracy

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(p.278) 15 Elections and Democracy
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Democracy and Elections
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Richard S. Katz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0015

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the relation between elections and democracy. The result reveals that there are two classes of democratic theories each encompassing a number of alternative models of democracy and each are dependent on alternative assumptions about the character of elites and social structure. The chapter describes the best or most democratic electoral systems based on the analysis of democratic values and of the operation and consequences of electoral institutions.

Keywords:   elections, democracy, democratic theories, social structure, electoral system, democratic values, electoral institutions

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