Should Democracy Be Exported?

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Living in the United States, we tend to take for granted democracy and the institutions that were established by the constitution to ensure its viability and perpetuate its underlying principles. However, this is not the case for many countries around the world. In other places, authoritarian and other non-democratic regimes have existed and sustained rule without pushing for democracy. This raises the question: can democracy be exported to these countries? In present day, due to the fact that non-democratic regimes are heavily rooted in their existing governing systems, ideologies, and dependency on natural resources, there are insurmountable logistical and ideological hurdles that make exporting democracy peacefully or forcefully a nearly impossible task.
Before considering the implications of exporting democracy, one must understand the main factors that define a democratic regime. In its most basic form, democracy is defined as a regime that exercises political power “either directly or indirectly through participation, competition, and liberty” (ECP, 128). Full participation implies that the population must be satisfied with the process and results of democratization (elections). Without such support, democratic regimes falter at the core of what it means to be a democratic regime, which is the equal representation of people. Participation not only applies for people’s ability to vote, but also for the population’s freedom to run for a position of power. This idea,
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