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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

Abstract:
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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