What is democracy?

So… what is exactly is democracy? Highly debatable and subject to personal, regional and contextual interpretations. At the very best, we have a floating but anchored conception of democracy.

“What democracy is cannot be separated from what democracy should be. A democracy exists only insofar as its ideals and values bring it into being…. in a democracy the tension between fact and value reaches the highest point, since no other ideal is further from the reality in which it has to operate.”

 – Giovanni Sartori, Theory of Democracy Revisited, 1987

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