Institutions and the Evolution of European Democracy


Hall PA. Institutions and the Evolution of European Democracy. In: Hayward J, Menon A Governing Europe. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press ; 2003.
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Although democracy is often seen as an achievement secured once and for all at one point in time, when the suffrage was extended to the bulk of the population, for instance, in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century in western Europe, in fact, it is the product of an evolving process in which the institutions and ideals of representative government adapt to recurring challenges.1 Democratic institutions are not static features of the political space but subject to continuous challenge and change.
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