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The United Nations Democracy AgendaA Conceptual History$
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Kirsten Haack

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079818

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079818.001.0001

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Extending democracy I: governance

Extending democracy I: governance

(p.82) 5 Extending democracy I: governance
The United Nations Democracy Agenda

Kirsten Haack

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores an extended version of democracy, focusing on governance. It explains that this vision of democracy built on both the strengths and weaknesses of elections to create something more comprehensive that would better meet the challenges of an increasing portfolio of demands. This chapter analyses the state of democracy and the trajectory of democratisation in the 1990s and identifies a range of drivers which contributed to the development of this new, governance-focussed democracy agenda. It shows that as democracy was no longer confined to the constraints of a minimal definition, it assumed a greater degree of substance, thereby moving further to the right of the democratic continuum.

Keywords:   governance, democracy, democratisation, minimal definition, democratic continuum

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