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  Democracy - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
Democracy is a form of government in which policy is decided by the preference of the majority in a decision-making process, usually elections or referenda, open to all or most citizens.
In modern democracies, the territory is the nation-state, and since this corresponds (in theory) with the homeland of the nation, the demos and the reach of the democratic process neatly coincide.
Nevertheless, some supporters of democracy claim that statistical research shows that the fall of Communism and the increase in the number of democratic states were accompanied by a sudden and dramatic decline in total warfare, interstate wars, ethnic wars, revolutionary wars, and the number of refugees and displaced persons [3].
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/d/e/m/Democracy.html   (7395 words)

  
 Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Liberal democracy is a representative democracy (with free and fair elections) along with the protection of minorities, the rule of law, a separation of powers, and protection of liberties (thus the name liberal) of speech, assembly, religion, and property.
One of the earliest instances of civilizations with democracy was found in the republics of ancient India, which were established sometime before the 6th century BC, and prior to the birth of Gautama Buddha.
In modern democracies the demos is the adult portion of the nation, and adult citizenship is usually equivalent to membership.
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  Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy is sometimes the de facto form of government, while other forms are technically the case; for example, Canada has a monarchy, but is in fact ruled by a democratically elected Parliament.
The word democracy originates from the Greek "demos" meaning "the people" and "kratein" meaning "to rule" or, literally: "the people to rule", which means "Rule by the People." The term is also sometimes used as a measurement of how much influence a people has over their government, as in how much democracy exists.
Some critics of representative democracy argue that party politics mean that representatives will be forced to follow the party line on issues, rather than either the will of their conscience or constituents.
www.bidprobe.com /en/wikipedia/d/de/democracy_1.html   (1409 words)

  
 Human Rights Watch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Human Rights Watch was one of six international NGOs that founded the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers in 1998.
It is also the co-chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a global coalition of civil society groups that successfully lobbied to introduce the Ottawa Convention, a treaty that prohibits the use of anti-personnel landmines.
Human Rights Watch is also a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global network of non-governmental organisations that monitors censorship worldwide and campaigns to defend journalists, writers, Internet users and others who are persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Human_Rights_Watch   (445 words)

  
 Democracy Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy is a form of government in which policy is decided by the preference of the majority in a decision-making process, usually elections or referenda, open to all or most citizens.
Nevertheless, some supporters of democracy claim that statistical research shows that the fall of Communism and the increase in the number of democratic states were accompanied by a sudden and dramatic decline in total warfare, interstate wars, ethnic wars, revolutionary wars, and the number of refugees and displaced persons [3].
A persistent libertarian and monarchist critique of democracy is the claim that it encourages the elected representatives to change the law without necessity, and in particular to pour forth a flood of new laws.
popularityguide.com /encyclopedia/Democracy   (7161 words)

  
 ELECTION FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This is the usual mechanism by which a democracy fills offices in the legislature, and sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and in regional and local_government.
The nature of democracy is that elected officials are accountable to the people, and they must return to the voters at prescribed intervals to seek their mandate to continue in office.
Democracies have failed many times in history from ancient_Greece to 18th and 19th century France (see Second Empire under Napoleon_III), and perhaps most famously in 20th century Germany, when the Nazis initially came to power by democratic means (albeit by plurality vote).
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 Human Rights Watch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Human Rights Watch is an international NGO based in New York City working with human rights issues.
The organization was started under the name Helsinki Watch in 1978 to monitor the Soviet Union's compliance to the Helsinki Accords.
Human Rights Watch was one of six international NGOs who founded the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers in 1998.
www.bidprobe.com /en/wikipedia/h/hu/human_rights_watch.html   (161 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Popular vote   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
It is the mechanism by which a democracy fills elective offices in the legislature, and sometimes the executive and judiciary, and in which electorates choose local government officials.
In theory in democracies the authority of the government derives solely from the consent of the governed.
The Democracy Watch (International) website, further defines fair democratic elections as, "Elections in which great care is taken to prevent any explicit or hidden structural bias towards any one candidate, aside from those beneficial biases that naturally result from an electorate that is equally well informed about the various assets and liabilities of each candidate".
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Popular-vote   (2030 words)

  
 Democracy Watch (International) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy Watch (International) is a service organization founded in 2003, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA with subsidiary offices in the Washington D.C., area.
The chartered purpose of Democracy Watch (International) is to monitor, record and disseminate information about functional democracy in as many nations throughout the world as possible.
Democracy Watch (International) web-site states that it is:
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Democracy_Watch_(International)   (167 words)

  
 Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy, like all political and social institutions, is a human invention, a historical creation, that appeared for the first time in the fifth century BC, and should be seen and studied in such a context.
The word democracy originates from the Greek δημοκρατíα from δημος meaning "the people", plus κρατειν meaning "to rule", and the suffix íα; the term therefore means "Rule by the People." The term is also sometimes used as a measurement of how much influence a people has over their government, as in how much democracy exists.
Proponents of democracy argue that just as there is a special constitutional process for constitutional changes, there could be a distinction between legislation which would be handled through liberal democracy and the modification of constitutional rights which would have a more deliberative procedure there attached, and thereby less vulnerable to the tyranny of the majority.
www.yotor.com /wiki/en/de/Democracy.htm   (2528 words)

  
 Democracy Article, Democracy Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A democracy is a form of government underwhich the power to alter the basic laws and forms of goverment lies with the voting citizenry, referred to as "the people", andall decisions are made by representatives who act by their consent, as enforced by elections and the rule of law.
This contemporary understanding of democracy to a large degree differs from howthe term was originally defined and used by the ancient Greeks in the Athenian democracy political regime.
The word democracy originates from the Greek δημοκρατíα from δημος meaning "the people", plusκρατειν meaning "to rule", and the suffix íα; the term therefore means "Rule by thePeople." The term is also sometimes used as a measurement of how much influence a people has over their government, as in howmuch democracy exists.
www.anoca.org /government/majority/democracy.html   (1669 words)

  
 directopedia : Directory : Society : Politics : Democracy
Democracy Watch is an Ottawa-based non-profit, non-partisan citizen advocacy organization that focuses ondemocratic reform, government and corporate accountability in Canada.
Democracies may be "liberal", where fundamental rights of individuals in the minority are protected by law, or they may be "illiberal" where they are not.
Democracy is often implemented as a form of government in which policy is decided by the preference of the real majority (as opposed to a partial or relative majority of the demos/citizens) in a decision-making process, usually elections or referenda, open to all or most citizens.
www.directopedia.org /directory/Society-Politics/Democracy.shtml   (7240 words)

  
 Paul Martin Time: Democracy Watch files ethics complaints against lobbyists who donated to liberal leadership candidates
Democracy Watch believes that donors that are registered to lobby the federal government that donated or provided services worth $5,000 or more to Paul Martin, John Manley, or Sheila Copps broke ethics rules for lobbyists by putting these politicians in a conflict of interest.
Democracy Watch believes that the lobbyists involved violated Rule 8 of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct, which states that "Lobbyists shall not place public office holders in a conflict of interest by proposing or undertaking any action that would constitute an improper influence on a public office holder".
Democracy Watch filed an application in Federal Court last December challenging a past ruling of the Ethics Counsellor and the legality of Wilson holding both positions.
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 Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy is a form of government in which policy is decided by the preference of the majority in a decision-making process, usually elections or referendums, open to all or most citizens.
Nevertheless, some supporters of democracy claim that statistical research shows that the fall of Communism and the increase in the number of democratic states were accompanied by a sudden and dramatic decline in total warfare, interstate wars, ethnic wars, revolutionary wars, and the number of refugees and displaced persons [2].
Democracies are also criticised for a claimed slowness and complexity of their decision-making.
abcworld.net /democracy.html   (6797 words)

  
 Statement of Purpose ::: International Endowment for Democracy
Democracy, like any other set of practices, is connected by its umbilical cord to a whole set of preconditions, which in this case involves a significant degree of social and economic equality among all its participants.
In short, democracy quickly acquires a distinctive "for the people" content to go along with its "of and by the people" forms, but loses it, or never acquires it, if elections are dishonest or unfair, or their necessary preconditions are absent.
The International Endowment for Democracy (IED) has been set up to enable people everywhere to play a part in the struggles to extend democracy here in the United States by expressing their solidarity with and giving practical aid to some of the many groups that are involved in these struggles.
www.iefd.org /articles/statement_of_purpose.php   (1788 words)

  
 What is Democracy?
Democracy is a means for the people to choose their leaders and to hold their leaders accountable for their policies and their conduct in office.
Political parties are vital organizations in a democracy, and democracy is stronger when citizens become active members of political parties.
We in the United States, and in the international community, are going to spend more money and energy to help you build a democracy and rebuild your economy than we have spent to help any other country in the last fifty years.
www.stanford.edu /~ldiamond/iraq/WhaIsDemocracy012004.htm   (1934 words)

  
 UNDEF | United Nations Democracy Fund
The International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT) is an independent institute established by a non-partisan public foundation of the Hungarian government, with the mission to collect the experience of past democratic transitions and to share it with those who are determined to follow that path
Ban praised Qatar for having chaired the New and Restored Democracies' Movement since October 2006, been a major contributor to the UN Democracy Fund, robustly supported freedom of the press and opened new avenues for political participation in the country.
The UN Democracy Fund is currently financing more than a hundred projects around the world aimed at strengthening democratic institutions and supporting democratic civil society organizations.
www.un.org /democracyfund   (1418 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Democracy Watch (International)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy Watch (International) is a service organization founded in 2003, based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA with offices in the Washington D.C., area.
Human Rights Watch is an international NGO based in New York City, USA, that works with human rights issues.
Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is an international non-governmental organization with the stated purpose of promoting all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Democracy-Watch-(International)   (501 words)

  
 The Democracy Index: Major Findings 2003 - Palestine Monitor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Entitled The Democracy Index, this study consists of two parts: a long-term and comparative study of some thirty-one indicators measuring Israeli democracy against that of thirty-five other democracies, and a public opinion survey reflecting how Israelis view their democracy.
The picture emerging from the various indicators shows that Israel is mainly a formal democracy that has not yet acquired the characteristics of a substantive democracy.
The two areas in which Israel is strongest, compared to other democracies, are in representation and checks and balances (number 6 out of 36 countries in the sample).
www.palestinemonitor.org /Reports/Democracy_Index.htm   (1119 words)

  
 Press Releases: Myanmar, Burmese democracy activists targeted by Thai government
International law allows the restriction of a refugee's right to freedom of movement and choice of residence only when required for a reason such as national security, and then only for so long as the emergency or threat persists.
Human Rights Watch said that the real purpose of requiring refugees to move to rural camps is made clear by rules barring residents from using mobile phones or the Internet while in the camps.
Human Rights Watch called on those in the international community supporting democracy in Burma to publicly and privately oppose the Thai government's plans, since the Thai government has sometimes been responsive to such international pressure in favor of human rights and refugee protection in the past.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/RMOI-6AX4HS?OpenDocument   (1209 words)

  
 Election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
It is the most used mechanism by which a democracy fills offices in the legislature, and sometimes in the executive, judiciary, regional or local government.
The democracy of ancient Athens did not allow women, children, foreigners and slaves from voting—thus disenfranchising the majority of the population.
In states with fragile democracies where there has been a history of political violence or blatantly unfair elections, international election observers are often called in by external bodies like the United Nations, and protected by foreign forces, to guarantee fairness.
www.apawn.com /search.php?title=Election   (2168 words)

  
 The Dominion: Parties are Irresponsible, Undemocratic: Democracy Watch
Democracy Watch has recently released its "Report Card on the Democratic Reform and Corporate Responsibility Election Platforms" of the five main political parties that were involved in the June federal election.
Democracy Watch points out that progress has been very slow in democratizing the Canadian federal political scene.
Democracy Watch offers a final example of the Liberals deciding to increase party funding from $1.50 to $1.75 per vote in the recent election so that their party would have a chance at receiving more money with less votes.
dominionpaper.ca /canadian_news/2004/07/21/parties_ar.html   (487 words)

  
 Democracy Watch's Mandate
Democracy Watch's mandate, 20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy (set out below) proposes changes that all governments in Canada should enact (according to their respective powers) to ensure that Canadian citizens have a greater and more meaningful role in government and corporate decision-making in Canada.
Democracy Watch's "20 Steps" mandate is based upon Democracy Watch's Definition of a Democratic Society.
Recognize that there are other "shareholders" of a corporation - for example, its employees, and members of the community in which it operates - and create mechanisms for these shareholders to participate in corporate decision-making and hold corporations accountable for their activities.
www.dwatch.ca /camp/twenty.html   (719 words)

  
 Democracy in America
International Action Center attorneys announcing the filing of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of protestors at the WTO Ministerial meeting in Seattle, Washington, April 1999
Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal 'executive branch' of government into a military junta.
Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Democracy_America/Democracy_America.html   (1685 words)

  
 Campaign for a UN Democracy Caucus
On September 19th2005, the Executive Director of the Democracy Coalition Project, Ted Piccone, represented the NGO Coalition at the Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies, held in New York.
Piccone urged democracies to ensure that the new UN Human Rights Council is a more credible body than its predecessor, and encouraged CD members to be at the forefront of its inception.
In advance of the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies, NGO Coalition members Democracy Coalition Project, Transnational Radical Party and Freedom House, issued a press release to the all the Foreign Ministers assembled in Santiago for the meeting.
www.democracycaucus.net /html/media01_press.html   (1257 words)

  
 Open Directory - Society: Politics: Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Democracy Watch - An independent, non-profit, non-partisan Canadian citizen advocacy organization seeking to empower Canadians as voters, citizens, taxpayers, and consumers.
Foundation for Democracy in Africa - A Washington based non-profit, nonpartisan organization focused on strengthening and enhancing the fundamental principles of democracy, and freedom in Africa.
World Movement for Democracy - Nongovernmental effort to strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition.
dmoz.org /Society/Politics/Democracy   (1256 words)

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