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Part II Ideas, Ch.11 Democracy

Günter Frankenberg

From: The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law

Edited By: Michel Rosenfeld, András Sajó

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 March 2023

The conceptual histories of democracy span more than 2,500 years and refer to a variety of normative orders, institutional arrangements of political decision-making, social and economic structures, and basic values of a community. In bypassing pre-classical proto-democracies, as for instance in India and in Sumerian city-states, mainstream historiography generally traces the prehistory of popular (or self-) rule—very much like the development of other fundamental principles of modern limited, just, or lawful government—back to its initial circumstances in Greek...
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