By now the “quality of democracy” has become a sort of subfield in com- parative politics on its own right. Still the literature is diverse, uneven, even confusing. This paper takes as a starting point a few puzzles, easily recognizable in current writings, to build up a thesis and a suggestion. My thesis is that it is actually misleading to consider all contributions to the growing literature on the “quality of democracy” as part of a single research stream. My suggestion is that to advance in theory building we would better engage in conceptual analysis to clarify and distinguish the new concept from cognate terms.

La qualità della democrazia.
Il concetto e il campo semantico

D'Amore, Ciro
2018

Abstract

By now the “quality of democracy” has become a sort of subfield in com- parative politics on its own right. Still the literature is diverse, uneven, even confusing. This paper takes as a starting point a few puzzles, easily recognizable in current writings, to build up a thesis and a suggestion. My thesis is that it is actually misleading to consider all contributions to the growing literature on the “quality of democracy” as part of a single research stream. My suggestion is that to advance in theory building we would better engage in conceptual analysis to clarify and distinguish the new concept from cognate terms.
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