The original meaning of democracy: Capacity to do things, not majority rule
by Josiah Ober, Stanford University published on 07 November 2011
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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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