The Quality of Democracy: Why the Rule of Law Matters

  title={The Quality of Democracy: Why the Rule of Law Matters},
  author={Guillermo O'donnell},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={32 - 46}
  • G. O'donnell
  • Published 13 October 2004
  • Political Science, Law
  • Journal of Democracy
Abstract:High-quality democracy requires a truly democratic rule of law that ensures political rights, civil liberties, and mechanisms of accountability which in turn affirm the political equality of all citizens and constrain potential abuses of state power. How may the democratic rule of law (état de droit, estado democrático de derecho, Rechsstaat) be conceptualized and, insofar as possible, empirically gauged? By exploring a set of variables within the rule of law we can understand what… 
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