What Does “Democracy” Mean?

On the International Day of Democracy, four University of Birmingham scholars say what democracy means to them:

Celebrations and Concerns

Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, talks about advances beyond authoritarian regimes but also the challenges of ensuring that minorities are respected and protected:

See also The Problems of “Democracy” in Africa

“Democracy Cannot Be Imposed from Outside”

MUSTAFA DEMOCRACY

Divergence in Africa

FISHER DEMOCRACY

“Trust is the Foundation of Democracy”

MARQUETTE DEMOCRACY

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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