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The term Post-democracy designates a State conducted by democratic rules, but whose application is progressively limited. The English conservative journalist Peter Oborne presented a documentary of the 2005 general election, arguing that it had become anti-democratic because it targeted a number of floating voters with a narrow agenda.


Definition Tentative

This term appeared to define a running evolution within the democracies during the 21st century.

It is a polemic term because it calls attention to recognised democracies that are losing some of their foundations evolving toward an Aristocratic regime.

A Post-democracy may be characterised with:

  • non representative elections
  • citizen rights are not respected by the state, or its representatives
  • or, impossibility to get balanced debates

Hereby, while thus contradicting pluralist assumptions, it seems to be an accepted presumption, that the common good were something to be determined objectively and that conflicts of interest were not to be handled within democratic processes but instead within administrative proceedings.


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Further reading

  • Colin Crouch: Post Democracy, 2004, ISBN 0-745-63315-3

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