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Unformatted Document Text:  Normal Democracy: Theory and Prediction Abstract Current democratic theorizing is based either on the classical model of democracy, which assumes that self-rule and political equality are achievable, or on the procedural democracy of the modern nation state, which accepts that the presence of political and civil liberties is a fundamental right. The weakness of the former model lies in its assumption that self-rule and political equality are possible in modern nation states, whereas the latter fails to account for the variation in the level of influence or power that citizens possess due to differences in income and knowledge. Given these deficiencies, I formulate an open-ended theory of democracy. Such a system goes beyond the mere presence of political rights and civil liberties and allows for a continuous achievement of a more equal distribution of power. I assume that the main driving force for the dynamic nature of democracy is economic development. In addition, two other factors, the political process and external factors, could facilitate the process of democratic development. Democracy would continue to evolve indefinitely but because of the presence of some inherent tension between liberty and equality would fail to achieve the ideal democracy. However, as the level of economic development grows over time, I hypothesize that the levels of income, knowledge, and power will be normally distributed. I call such a state of politics normal democracy. Forward any comments or questions to: Gizachew Tiruneh Department of International Affairs School of Public and International Affairs The University of Georgia Candler Hall Athens, GA 30602 Tel. # (706) 542-8422 E-mail: ## email not listed ## Prepared for delivery at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 28 – August 31, 2003 Copyright by the American Political Science Association.

Authors: Tracy, James.
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Normal Democracy: Theory and Prediction
Abstract
Current democratic theorizing is based either on the classical model of democracy,
which assumes that self-rule and political equality are achievable, or on the procedural
democracy of the modern nation state, which accepts that the presence of political and
civil liberties is a fundamental right. The weakness of the former model lies in its
assumption that self-rule and political equality are possible in modern nation states,
whereas the latter fails to account for the variation in the level of influence or power that
citizens possess due to differences in income and knowledge. Given these deficiencies, I
formulate an open-ended theory of democracy. Such a system goes beyond the mere
presence of political rights and civil liberties and allows for a continuous achievement of
a more equal distribution of power. I assume that the main driving force for the dynamic
nature of democracy is economic development. In addition, two other factors, the
political process and external factors, could facilitate the process of democratic
development. Democracy would continue to evolve indefinitely but because of the
presence of some inherent tension between liberty and equality would fail to achieve the
ideal democracy. However, as the level of economic development grows over time, I
hypothesize that the levels of income, knowledge, and power will be normally
distributed. I call such a state of politics normal democracy.
Forward any comments or questions to:

Gizachew Tiruneh
Department of International Affairs
School of Public and International Affairs
The University of Georgia
Candler Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Tel. # (706) 542-8422
E-mail: ## email not listed ##
Prepared for delivery at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science
Association, August 28 – August 31, 2003
Copyright by the American Political Science Association.


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