n Journal for Contemporary History - Is it meaningful to designate a society as "democratic"?

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



One of the expressions most frequently occurring in literature on political philosophy (political theory) is found in the phrase "democratic societies". Its more restricted form is given in the reference to "democracies" - intended to describe what is known as the constitutional state under the rule of law (German: ), sometimes also designated as a "liberal democracy". In the latter case, the term "democratic" is also used as an adjective, namely when people from all walks of life refer to a "democratic state".

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