Ch. 5, Democratic Regimes (134-171)

Discussion Questions

Today's reading:

  1. Would we have democracy without the Greeks? The Romans? The English? Explain your answers.
  2. Which of the competing explanations for democratization make(s) the most sense to you, and why?
  3. What is the best democratic system, and why?
  4. What is the best electoral system, and why?
  5. Why are there relatively few presidential democracies?
  6. Would the U.S. be better off with a different democratic system? Why?
  7. Would the U.S. be better off with a different electoral system? Why?
  8. How might choosing the "right" democratic and electoral system help to build a strong(er) state?
  9. What would (or could) you write about if you were writing a paper on this chapter? Be specific.

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