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Democracy has been spreading throughout the world and has been successfully incorporated into some states but not others Democracy is dependent on many different factors such as free and fair elections legal systems and other institutions that are necessary to ensure the survival of the democracy While the previous mentioned conditions are necessary for democracy the culture which the democracy is being incorporated into is just as important Democracy has become a very vague and general term and is often thought to represent Western or European cultural values Russell Bova states Perhaps democracy and liberty are both products of Western culture or more to the point perhaps democracy leads to liberty only in the specific cultural context of the West 2001 Perhaps the reason democracy has been less effective in parts of the world like China Russia Saudi Arabia and many others is because its suggested that such states must apply the Western version of democracy to their current system and this creates problems Mariia OrdzhOnikidze writes The Russian interpretation of democracy is complex and often contradictory Russians often see no connection between this concept and their own lives 2008 Democracy should be developed from the inside and by doing so states will be able to see how to incorporate their own views and ideas into the democratic system American democracy is heavily influenced by the previous ties the state had with Britain before gaining its independence Jack P Greene states Not surprisingly the emergence of an American culture during the colonial and revolutionary eras has been depicted as having been to an astonishing degree simply an extension of New England 1988 Europeans at the time were direct descendants of Britain which was operating under a parliamentary system but still allowed for the monarch to hold the position as head of state Americans at the time were trying to escape the British monarch and therefore incorporated a different form of democracy which would better fit
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