I would be interested in learning what practical difference it would make to the average U.S. citizen were the U.S. to abandon [the pretense of] democracy.
a) democracy expresses public legitimacy of shared values and their perception of the validity of democratic procedures;
b) democratic orientation of the countries, gaining confidence in dealing with authority and negotiating their own identities;
c) democratic imagination has perlocated to the non-political dimensions of life (p. 135). This set of values authors named as "culture" of democracy in South Asia.
Second principal contribution of democracy is that it has transformed people from subjects to citizens, with their valuation as voters, which according to the research also effects high trust in democracy, especially in elections (very high rate of those, who think that their vote makes any difference). Both elements citizenship and value of the vote (from the point of view of electorate as well as politics) are reaffirming each other. (emphasis mine)
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