Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, gave this famous definition of democracy: ” government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
While this image of democracy has remained deeply rooted in people’s minds, it contrasts with the complexity of the democratic system as it is applied around the world.
In order to shed more light on what democracy is, we offer a set of articles and resources to help you understand what the concept of democracy implies and how to deal with it in a general knowledge test.
General courses on Democracy :
Philosophy/Literature courses on Democracy:
- Multiculturalism and democracy – Charles Taylor
- Law and Politics – Schopenhauer and Spinoza
- What is the Third Estate? – Abbé Sieyès – Summary of Chapters 1 and 2
Economics/sociology course on Democracy:
History course on Democracy:
- Eastern Europe and popular democracies
- Industrial states between conservative tradition and liberal and democratic push (1850-1914)
- The crisis of liberal democracies (1914-1939)
- What is totalitarianism?
Law course on Democracy:
- The central administration in France
- Local agents of the State administration
- Relations between the State and local authorities
- The region, The department, The commune, The collaboration between local authorities
- The rule of law
- Internal sources of law / external sources of law
Current Events/Politics Course on Democracy:
Topics and corrections on Democracy:
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Hello, I would just like to have a little opinion on my QC plan. I chose the subject on democracy, and I made a plan… quite original. I based my plan on Lincoln’s quote government of the people, by the people, for the people. Basically it looked like this: I) Government by the people? Does democracy really allow the people to direct themselves, to give them prerogatives? II) Government for the people? Suppose the people can direct themselves, does this really give them full possession of their powers, other rights etc? Are the people fit to govern themselves (isn’t it better in certain cases for an aristocracy)? Here, I no longer remember my sub-parts, nor my examples (but there were some, perhaps even too many unfortunately, and not enough argumentation/development for lack of time…)
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