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Understanding illiberal democracy: A framework

Bell, D.A. and Jayasuriya, K. (1995) Understanding illiberal democracy: A framework. In: Bell, D., Brown, D., Jayasuriya, K. and Jones, D., (eds.) Towards Illiberal Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 1-16.

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Liberal democratic ideals and institutions command almost universal allegiance in Western societies, a phenomenon to be understood in the light of the West's shared history and culture. In what seems like an all too obvious theoretical mistake, however, it is often assumed without argument that liberal democracy also meets the deeper aspirations of the rest of the world, most notably by Francis Fukuyama with his now infamous claim that we are witnessing an 'end of history'in which liberal democracy has finally triumphed over all its ...

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Page Range: pp. 1-16
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright: 1995 Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
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