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Civil society and substantive democracy: governance and the state of law in Belgium - Development in Practice, Volume 8, Number 4 / November 1, 1998
by Koenraad Van Brabant

Since the late 1980s, democratic institutions and an active civil society are being prescribed as important ingredients and preconditions to reduce poverty, social exclusion, and violent civil strife. Multi-party systems and elections are seen as the most important expressions of formal democracy. This paper argues that more attention is needed to substantive democracy, which requires a greater understanding of the various legal-political variants within a democratic framework.

Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 11 pages
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group (1999)
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISSN: 0961-4524

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