Part III Process, Ch.25 Elections
Richard H. Pildes
Edited By: Michel Rosenfeld, András Sajó
Legitimate elections are not sufficient to ensure democracy, but they are its most necessary condition. Regular and genuine elections remain the primary institutional mechanism through which rulers are made accountable to those in whose name they exercise political power. We can envision elections without democracy (indeed, we have plenty of experience of exactly that), but it is difficult to envision modern democracy without meaningful elections. Yet if elections are central to democratic systems of governance, the precise ways in which elections and...