Dino Renato Nardelli Posted August 12, 2005 Share Posted August 12, 2005 Dear Colleagues, I am taking part in the debate with lateness because I knew I had been appointed for this task only after my summer holidays. Of course, this entails some problems but being so rested helps my clarity of mind, at least. So, what is the point we are starting from? To answer the request of giving substance to the matter, expressed by Juan Carlos, I propose to verify if it is possible to share a basic definition of democracy. The Italian scholar Norberto Bobbio said, 30 years ago, that for a basic definition of democracy it’s enough to start from its procedural aspects, that is, defining democracy as a “way to make joint decisions”. A group can be defined as a democratic one if there occurs at least the following two rules: 1. Everybody participate, directly or indirectly, in the decision-making process; 2. Decisions are reached after a free discussion, by a majority of votes, according to previously-agreed rules. Despite the seeming banality of this definition it contains so many words whose didactic mediation would itself legitimate the whole Comenius: - Participation - Direct/indirect representation (the political party system) - Mechanism for representation (electoral systems) - The recognition of the decisions reached by a minority - Rules and their change (with reference to Constitutional Charts) - Control The didactic strategy expressed some time ago by Terry Haidn, that is, to think about the deviation of these key words, could show a common path to follow: investigating if in one’s own Country the above-mentioned list fulfils the points 1. and 2. helps answer the question we are starting from. That was for political democracy; but there is another feature to consider, I would define it as the social democracy level: once given the rules, do they maintain the same value when groups, individuals and people are involved in the decisions? This is a matter of fundamental rights. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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