DEMOCRACY DEFINED

Democracy is usually defined either by procedures such as elections and referenda, by institutions and checks and balances, or by citizenship and rights and obligations of citizens.

SOME WILL DEFINE DEMOCRACY WITH A FOCUS ON DEMOCRATIC CULTURE AND CONSENSUS BUILDING, OTHERS WILL SEE DEMOCRACY AS A NONVIOLENT WAY TO MAKE DECISIONS THROUGH VOTING.

democratic arrangements and institutions vary - and their validity is often doubted. In democracy discourse the focus is OFTEN on the qualities OF A PARTICULAR DEMOCRACY MODEL.

HERE WE INTRODUCE A GENERIC APPROACH TO DEMOCRACY THAT BUILDS ON THE ISSUES governed by DEMOCRACY - how democracy can be the framework of solutions - and dialogue as the basis of discourse on mediation between different approaches and renewal of democracy.

We see democracy as a relationship between common challenges, the framework of institutions that are in charge of governance and forms of participation that can be used to control institutions.

CHALLENGES

Democracy is developed by advanced societies - it's a tool to handle complex decisions related to challenges of governance. It is a tool to create the conditions for trust and cooperation among diverse groups and individuals with specialised functions.

INSTITUTIONS

Institutions are the fundament of democracy. They create a rule based environment with equal rights and opportunities for everyone.

PARTICIPATION

Participation ensures that all members of society have influence on institutions. Thereby the threat of special interest usurping institutions is countered.