An Emerging Political Society

  • A. H. Somjee


Democratic institutions are easy to establish but difficult to sustain. They can be formally set up by means of constitutional provisions and their implementations. But to sustain them, and the democratic process in general, what is required is a political society which shares their underlying values and constantly manifests commitment to them in its own political activity. Only such a political society, as de Tocqueville pointed out in Democracy in America, can ensure the operation of the democratic process and the survival of its institutions.


Political Culture Civil Liberty Political Authority Democratic Process Democratic Institution 
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