Churchill's View Of Democracy Analysis

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On Churchill 's view of Democracy
Dallas Gibb (104057793)
University of Windsor
Comparative Politics (45-130)
November 26 2014

Winston Churchill had said once that “democracy is the worst form of government except all others that have been tried” meaning that democracy is the best form of government. Within a democracy, one can expect economic freedoms to pursue profits and better themselves through the free market, where as in authoritarian regimes, there is usually an absence or restriction of a free market. Also, democracies are fundamentally built on civil and political freedoms which authoritarian regimes, by contrast, restrict or abolish completely. Following the Democratic Peace Theory, one would also conclude that democracies are far more peaceful, and in turn less stressful to inhabit because they tend to not go to war with one another. Churchill 's statement is proven to be true practically. First of all, in order to compare democratic regimes in general with their authoritarian counterparts, a standard
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Economically, democracies do a lot better than authoritarian states, even if they do sometimes hiccough. Just as well, these states promote civil and political rights in far more meaningful ways than their counterparts. When it comes to international stability, democracies have an outstanding track record of non-violent conflict resolution, captured in the Democratic Peace Theory. The biggest drawback of democracy though is the fact that sometimes the rulers act on their own behalf instead of the population in general which can cause a lot of problems. As established by this paper, democracy is a superior form of governance to authoritarianism, but to narrow down the debate even more, it would be useful to figure out exactly which form of democracy is in fact the

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