Democracy Is …

21 08, 2019

Dean Schaefer: Democracy Is…

2019-08-21T13:47:13+00:00August 21, 2019|Democracy Is ...|

"Democracy means holding political leaders accountable. It is a collection of norms and institutional mechanisms that, the better they function, facilitate a broader degree of political participation, and, guarantee a greater level of social and economic equality."

11 07, 2019

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa: Democracy Is…

2019-07-16T19:26:48+00:00July 11, 2019|Democracy Is ...|

We asked Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, What is democracy? "Democracy Is... the inclusion of diversity and heterogeneity on public affairs, a process in which power is shared by people with multiple socio-cultural and ethno-racial backgrounds in order to promote well-being across any type of borders and frontiers harming individuals [...]

21 05, 2019

Steve Sokol: Democracy Is…

2019-06-16T00:28:09+00:00May 21, 2019|Democracy Is ...|

"In a democracy, citizens elect their leaders in open and transparent elections, and hold leaders accountable for their policies as well as their conduct in office. Ideally, leaders are willing to build consensus and reach compromise to develop policies that benefit the common good."

6 05, 2019

Tim Snyder: Democracy Is…

2019-05-09T18:30:35+00:00May 6, 2019|Democracy Is ...|

"Democracy produces history, and is produced by it. If we have a sense that time flows forward from a past filled with events through a present filled with a possibility to a future defined in part by our choices, democracy is possible. This is why enemies of democracy seek to kill both the past and the future, and keep us trapped in a relentless present. Democracy involves us in a succession principle, reminding us that both continuity (of the state) and change (of its rulers) is possible. This is why enemies of democracy feed us a mythical past in which we were always innocent, and instruct us not to worry about what comes next."

15 04, 2019

David Gill: Democracy Is…

2019-06-16T00:23:38+00:00April 15, 2019|Democracy Is ...|

"Democracy is, when the opinion of the other counts, when the majority decision is upheld but takes the minority point of view into consideration and when there is willingness to compromise for the common good."

15 02, 2019

Sheri Berman: Democracy Is…

2019-03-20T18:04:16+00:00February 15, 2019|Democracy Is ...|

"Democracy is, by definition, 'rule by the people.' This does not require a perfect correspondence between some impossible to define 'will of the people' and political outcomes, but it does require that the divergence between the two not be too great. In addition, political equality is the heart of democracy: some citizens cannot be systematically and permanently more powerful or impactful than others."