March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
“From a human rights perspective, more is required than periodic elections for a democracy to be genuine. Those elections must be free, transparent, conducted on the basis of “one-person-one-vote”, and people must be able to cast their votes secretly, free from surveillance and intimidation. It is widely believed that the end of the Cold War [and/or the start of the Arab Spring] has resulted in the growth of democracies across the world. They reality is more complex.”1
Here is an insight into some forms of democracy. And arte.tv has come up with a great website to watch the development of 7 democracies around the world…
Democracy by Numbers [arte.tv] is a beautiful series of infographics developed by the data visualization agency Dataveyes for the French-German television channel arte.tv. Since January, the TV network is broadcasting a series of documentaries highlighting 7 countries as they go through a change in their political system. The goal is to take the pulse of democracy in those countries, based on their history of government and social issues (infosthetics.com). The site is in French, but an English speaker can make do.
1The Atlas of Human Rights, Andrew Fagan 2010