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Democracy: the wrong message

31 Aug 2006
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Preaching democracy abroad is a mistake because democracy is not the essence of good government writes Harry Evans. It is a necessary but not a sufficient condition. To the extent that government in the West has been a more civilised business, it has not been due to democracy but to something far older: constitutionalism, subjecting government itself, even when power is exercised by a majority, to limitations and restraints.

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