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In a blind coincidence that we may be tempted to call an irony of fate, the strikes to the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, were carried out precisely on the anniversary of the toppling of a democratically elected government and President Salvador Allende in Chile by armed forces sponsored by and, doubtlessly, also incited by the US authorities and interested business circles. Jon Elster was probably the first to formulate that dilemma: see “When Communism Dissolves,” London Review of Books, Jan.

1999): p. 8. : Post-communist Application, ed. András Sajó, Katharine Lauer (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 1996), p. 129. ” – George Schöpflin, “The End of Communism in Eastern Europe,” Nov. 28, 1989, International Affairs 66:1 (Jan. 1990): p. 4. 55 A political environment marked by a systematic orientation toward an individual subject of political life. – Puhovski, “Wizard of Oz,” pt. 1, p. 19. 39 powerful social organizations and established non-political elites, the “equation of democracy” really does lack the other side – the one that consists of the power of the society versus that of the state.

Democratic defects The second implication of the rapid establishment of democratic orders relates to the quality of the newly introduced arrangements. 56 Not even all the necessary legal and institutional prerequisites were taken into account, let alone the socioeconomic realities of the countries in question. For “transitologists,” this was sufficient to subsume electoral democracies under the “third” wave (as discussed above) of democratization in the twentieth century. Such an approach is consistent with the approach that takes democracy primarily as a legitimizing ideology for the new order, rather than as a political-institutional and normative expression of claims from below aiming at a controlled and accountable system of governance.

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