The original meaning of democracy: Capacity to do things, not majority

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Jan van der Crabben
by Josiah Ober, Stanford University
published on 07 November 2011

That the original meaning of democracy is “capacity to do things” not “majority rule” emerges from a study of the fifth and fourth century B.C. Greek vocabulary for regime-types. Special attention is given to –kratos root and –arche root terms. Paper delivered at the American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, 2006.

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Written by Josiah Ober, Stanford University, linked by Jan van der Crabben, published 07 November 2011. Source URL: http://www.princeton.edu/~pswpc/pdfs/ober/090704.pdf.

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