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What is liberal democracy Liberal democracy is a particular form of democracy which is based upon a fundamental set of assumptions about the individual the state and society What are these basic assumptions and how far does liberal democracy succeed in its main aims Francis Fukuyama in 1989 declared The end of history claiming that with the fall of world communism and the almost universal acceptance of liberal democracy that man had finally found the ultimate solution As time goes by this view is being increasingly questioned but there is no doubt that liberal democracy is currently the most favoured approach throughout the world to the problem of government But liberal democracy is a word used all to easily to present a kind of utopian vision without always questioning its fundamental tenants or even defining it properly To do this we must look at the assumptions it makes and to see if it does indeed represent the end of history as Fukuyama suggested we must look at its aims and see if and to what extent it has achieved them I intend to work through the basic assumptions that liberal democracy is based on covering some of the arguments that exist about them and then to go on to show how there are as many aims in liberal democracy as there are people participating in it but that there are some fundamental aims that must be achieved to allow this Liberal democracy is a development of the synthesis of liberalism and republican-democracy It differs slightly from both and vastly from other forms of democracy such as Marxist democracy It is necessary to give a brief definition of both liberalism and democracy to show that they are not as closely related as their joint title would suggest Liberalism is synominous with freedom and protecting natural-law and nowadays civil-rights from infringement by the government Democracy is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary of
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