What Makes A Democracy Successful Or Not? Essay

1727 Words Nov 18th, 2016 7 Pages
For centuries, the desire for equal opportunities, freedom of speech, protection under the law, and the power to vote, have all contributed to the popularity of a democratic government. While today, most countries are ruled democratically, there are still many countries under totalitarian regimes. Recently, the rise of democratic countries have brought forth many questions and contradictions in regards to what furthers a thriving democracy and what weakens it. While there are numerous interpretations of what makes a democracy successful, it is best described by Larry Diamond 's explanation of “thick” and “thin” in his book The Spirit of Democracy. “Thin” being a democracy based on free and fair elections, and “thick” meaning a country that has free and fair elections along with civil liberties and rights. Recently, democratic governments have been shown disproving theories that explain what makes a democracy successful or not. Throughout the past decade, Mali has experienced an increase in democratization and Ukraine has decreased slightly in democratization, switching from free to partly free, but ultimately stabilized at partly free. The fluctuation of democratic regime in Mali and Ukraine is a result of disadvantages and obstacles that undermine political, economic, and social freedom. Beginning in 2006, according to Freedom House, Malians experienced a free democratic government with almost excellent civil and political rights, this remained the case for around six…

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