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  •  Free and fair elections are the prerequisite (1+ / 0-)
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    Richard Lyon

    for democracy.  They are not all there is to democracy, but they are the sine qua non.

    by Paleo on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 01:02:46 PM PDT

    •  Repeating free and fair elections? (1+ / 0-)
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      I would apply a slightly sterner test to the criteria. To me, a single fair election does not seem sufficient proof of democracy. A second fair election (especially if power changes) is huge. A third and fourth pretty much seals the deal.

      Maturity: Doing what you know is right - even though you were told to do it

      by grapes on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 01:26:36 PM PDT

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