2,234 Descriptions of Democracy

  title={2,234 Descriptions of Democracy},
  author={Jean Paul Gagnon},
  journal={Democratic Theory},
  • J. Gagnon
  • Published 1 June 2018
  • Sociology
  • Democratic Theory
In 2010 Milja Kurki explained that although scholars recognize that democracy is described in a variety of ways, they do not typically engage with its many and diverse descriptions. My aim in this agenda-setting research note is to tackle this quandary by first providing a minimum empirical account of democracy’s descriptions (i.e., a catalogue of 2,234 adjectives that have been used to describe democracy) and secondly by suggesting what democracy studies may gain by compiling this information… 
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