Ch. 8, Developed Democracies (234-265)

Discussion Questions

  1. Should there be only one way to do "developed democracy"? Why or why not?
  2. Is it better to have more freedom and less equality or vice versa? Explain.
  3. If you were the leader of a nondemocratic country tasked with making your country a democracy, how would you do it? Why?
  4. What are the key benefits of living in a developed democracy? Do any of these benefits also exist in communist, postcommunist, and/or developing countries? How might this matter, or why doesn't it?
  5. Is integration a good thing or a bad thing? Why? Support your answer with (actual or hypothetical) examples.
  6. Is devolution a good thing or a bad thing? Why? Support your answer with (actual or hypothetical) examples.
  7. How can (or should) societies address challenges posed by changing values, postindustrialism, and maintenance of the welfare state? Be specific.
  8. Briefly present, explain, and discuss the essentials of this chapter for someone who hasn't read it.