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Support for Polyarchy in the Americas

Developed by the thinking of Robert A. Dahl “Polyarchy or rule by many, is a representative democracy in which all social classes and demographic groups regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender have roughly equal political access and power within the government.”  (Encyclopedia of Political Science, vol. 1)

In the June 2011 issue of Comparative Political Studies Drs. Ryan E. Carlin, of Georgia State’s Department of Political Science and Matthew M. Singer explore the “basic rights, liberties and practices associated with polyarchy in 12 Latin American democracies” in their study: Support for Polyarchy in the Americas. This interesting study examines how citizen’s political beliefs fit into the polyarch profile and support profiles.