Thus, as Czech liberal democracy develops into something comparable with other developed democracies
, the changes that still need to take place in the "non-institutional" (cultural) dimension will take place in a world of revolutionary changes, some of which may actually alter the paradigm of liberal democracy.
The Community of Democracies
launched in Warsaw in 2000 has far more relaxed admission criteria, which is why its membership has included such countries as Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Jordan.
Yet underlying this idea is a serious proposition, to which Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, often gave eloquent expression: Democracies
don't fight each other, so if the whole world were democratic, wars would stop.
Therefore, lacking historical or sociological evidence and not wishing to be driven by ideology alone, speculation as to whether the elections in Iraq can perform the function they normally play in established liberal democracies
must confront the issue of the rule of law as all philosophers do, specifically of the status of the rules under which the 2005 elections were held.
The policymaking process in democracies
may reduce the influence of small groups bent on subverting reform.
Although democracy is rare in the Arab Middle East, some Muslim countries have functioning democracies
Fearing for their survival, democracies
as we often find them institute undemocratic measures to guarantee their stability.
Even societies that have already made great advances in these very dimensions, for example most of today's western democracies
, are more likely to make still further progress when their living standards rise.
They also showed the need to support new democracies
by promoting fair and just dialogue between communities.
Just as Clausewitz stresses the need to maintain public support, one argument advanced there posits that democracies
wage war more effectively due to the public's role in democratic government.
Nearly everyone is agreed that Iraq must now join the family of democracies
Armenia is actually one of the most stable democracies
in the region,'' he said, noting that it has had two presidents since its independence.
Here is the clearest example to date of what John Paul II has warned against: democracies
deteriorating into thinly-disguised totalitarian systems.
, elected-but-hard-to-govern democracies
(or, in the extreme, ungovernable), representative democracies
, non-liberal or illiberal democracies
, imperfect democracies
, immature democracies
" is how he characterizes them.
The United States should take note: Proportional representation is used by most of the world's established democracies