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A European Democracy: Why and How?
A European Democracy: Why and How?

Author(s): Phillipe C. Schmitter
Subject(s): Governance, Public Administration, Economic policy, Government/Political systems, Electoral systems, Developing nations, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Centar za politološka istraživanja
Summary/Abstract: While democracy in Europe took a very long time to emerge and consolidate itself, the democratization of Europe has only just begun and remains a rather remote prospect. The competing national states that composed this part of the world were originally autocratic – with the historical exception of Switzerland, which somehow continuously managed to practice its peculiar form of democracy. Indeed, Western Europe became uniformly democratic only in the mid-1970s with the regime changes in Portugal, Spain, and Greece. And parts of the former Soviet Union have still to institutionalize the accountability of its rulers by way of competitive processes of representation.

  • Page Range: 17-36
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: English