Is democracy necessary to bring development?


In order to formulate a clear answer for the question presented, it is important to draw the limits of the terms democracy and development because there is not only one type of democracy and in the same way there are different paths for development.

FullSizeRender-1A very famous statement from Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address (1864) reads: government of the people, by the people and for the people. This definition of democracy goes beyond the actual meaning of the word itself (rule by people). Taking in consideration Lincoln’s suggestion, it is essential to point out that people is the key feature of democracy and implies political equality and equal distribution of political power and influence. It also emphasise the importance of popular participation and therefore this participation should be done in the public interest (Andrew 2000).

However when talking about participation it becomes necessary to mention the different types of…

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