Democracy Inquiry

Compelling Question

What is democracy and how democratic is the US?




Democracy Quotes

Find your favorite from the democracy quotes below.

Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
— Winston Churchill
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
— George Bernard Shaw
It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting
— Tom Stoppard
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
— John Adams
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
— Winston Churchill

What is Democracy?

Democracy Basics


Democracy Resources

Michael Mandelbaum: Democracy’s Good Name

Robert Dahl: How Democratic is the US Constitution?


Democracy Preconditions

What are necessary conditions for a democracy to flourish?

Fill out the Preconditions for Democracy form for your country


History of Democracy

Democracy Over Time

Samuel P. Huntington - The Third Wave of Democratization

Watch Democracy spread around the world in this one GIF

Democracy Today

Freedom House Democracy Data - Freedom in the World Interactive Map

Freedom in the World - 2017 Report

Here's a great NPR interview with Larry Diamond about today's rise of authoritarianism and fall of democracy

Compelling Question

What is democracy and how democratic is the US?