The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). It is based on 60 indicators grouped in five different categories: I Electoral process and pluralism: coexistence of different interests, convictions, and lifestyles. Are elections for the national legislature and head of government free? II Functioning of government Is there an effective… Continue reading TS012 – What makes a country democratic?
Before Enlightenment: Rulers claimed power because of a “divine right”. Power came from God. Enlightenment: Social Contract Philosophy The question: If people are born free and with certain rights, why does the government then have authority, for example to exercise violence (police), take my property (tax), freedom (prison)? The answer: The right to rule comes… Continue reading TS011 – On the Power of the Government: What is the Social Contract?