Liberal Democracy

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of limited government and individual rights under democracy.

In order for democracy to be effective or meaningful as 'rule by the people', there must be constitutional limits on government and constitutional guarantees of the civil and political rights of citizens. This will ensure, or at least encourage, freedom of expression, opinion, and publication, and the free, frequent and informed elections which are necessary for democracy to be other than a formal title.

Source:
David Held, Models of Democracy (Oxford, 1987)

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