The influence of legal changes on the development of the electorate



Democracy is the ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’. According to this definition, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, the people are a fundamental element of all democratic systems. Democracy is the rule of the people, since governments are composed by individuals who belong to the people. It is a rule by the people, since its members participate in decision-making processes. Finally, democracy is a rule for the people, since governments are expected to rule in accordance with the people’s best interests. While there is a wide agreement that the rule of, by and for the people is a hallmark of democratic systems, much less agreement exists on how membership of ‘the people’, or electorate, should be defined.


Prison Inmate Legal Change Federal Election German Citizenship Foreign Resident 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MunichGermany

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