The Quality of Democracy: Theory and Applications



The primary goal of this collection is to present the rationale and methodology for implementing a citizen audit of democracy. This book is an expression of a growing concern among policy experts and academics that the recent emergence of numerous democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America, cannot conceal the sobering fact that the efficacy and impact of these new governments vary widely. These variations, which range from acceptable to dismal, have serious consequences for the people of Latin America, many of whom have received few if any benefits from democratization. Attempts to gauge the quality of particular democracies are therefore not only fascinating intellectual exercises but may also be useful practical guides for improving both old and new democracies.

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Document Type
  • Book

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  • The Quality of Democracy

  • Guillermo O'Donnell

  • Jorge Vargas Cullell

Date Created
  • 2016-09-15

  • 288 pages

  • 9780268160685

  • 9780268160678

  • University of Notre Dame Press

Publication Date
  • 2004-10-12

  • Business

  • Empiricism

  • Theory

  • Ideology

  • Democracy

  • Political Science

  • Citizenship

  • Latin America

Subject (Library of Congress)
  • Political participation–Latin America–Congresses

  • Democracy–Latin America–Congresses

  • Human rights–Latin America–Congresses

  • Latin America–Economic conditions–1982—Congresses

  • English

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