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1. What is the law of time and numbers?

  • the more citizens a democratic unit contains, the less that citizens can participate directly in government decisions and the more that they must delegate more authority to others'
  • representatives cannot see all of there constituents for the practical reasons of time and numbers
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2. What are Waldron's two categories of rights?

  • rights consitutive of the democratic process and rights which embody the conditions necessary for the legitimacy of democracy
  • rights to property and rights to privacy

3. Which of the following, according to Dahl's list, is not an opportunity provided for by democracy?

  • exercising final control over the agenda
  • effective participation
  • inclusion of adults
  • gaining enlightened understanding
  • guaranteeing liberty
  • equality in voting

4. What does Dahl say about guardianship?

  • 'experts on tap, not on top'
  • 'to govern a state well requires more than scientific knowledge'

5. Who says 'no state has ever possessed a government that fully measured up to the criteria of democratic process. None is likely to'?

  • Dahl
  • Mill

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