The Good Society By Alan Draper And Ansil Ramsay

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Our class has been focused since day one about “good governance”. There are many definitions as to what good governance could look like. It could change from country to country, all the way down to person to person. Someone in Iran is more likely to say the way the Iranians govern is better than the United States than someone anywhere else. There are some generally accepted guidelines, but some other institutions have a different focus. In class, we have read from multiple sources, such as “The Good Society” by Alan Draper and Ansil Ramsay and “Introduction to Comparative Politics” by Stephen Orvis and Carol Ann Drogus, in order to come up with a definition so we could clearly define for ourselves what good governance is. To many of us, a…show more content…
“The Good Society” also debated the connections a “good society” has with “good governance”. They had a very Classical Liberal ideology behind their defection of what a society should be, and that very much reflects what the West believes the rest of the world should be. There is also the debate about which one leads to the other, and that is a chicken or the egg debate, but Draper and Ramsay believed that if the society believes this way, then the government will be reflective of the society, and there is pretty much only one correct way to go about it. They had a narrow definition, and ignored other societies and propped up the West as the correct form of governing. Many would agree that this is the best government possible, but those many grew up in a society that praises democracy, instead of one that praised monarchs or the military. They grew up in a democracy so naturally they would believe a democracy is the best. They were nurtured to believe in such a way. Nanda, however, differed the most from all the rest. Nanda believed that there really was no one size fits all definition. He believed cultures and what is popular during the time period changed the definition so drastically, that there could be no one “good government”. He did give a list of generally accepted traits; established democracies, effective participation, and strengthened accountability. Nanda was also a believer in cultural relativism, that is “the view that

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