The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization

@article{Welzel2008TheRO,
  title={The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization},
  author={C. Welzel and Christian Ronald Inglehart},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={126 - 140}
}
Students of democracy increasingly emphasize the fact that democracy implies government by the people, not mere "electoral democracy" in which elites hold elections but the citizens have little real influence on their actions. Genuinely "effective democracy" does not simply result from elite cost-benefit calculations. It emerges when ordinary people acquire resources and values that enable them to put effective pressures on elites\-\- a process that we term "human empowerment." "Self-expression… Expand
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