How the World Votes: The Story of Democratic Development in Elections - Vol. 1

How the World Votes: The Story of Democratic Development in Elections - Vol. 1

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How the World Votes: The Story of Democratic Development in Elections - Vol. 1

How the World Votes: The Story of Democratic Development in Elections - Vol. 1

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The war and the defeat of the Hohenzollern have assured the victory of democracy, not merely in the wider sense, but in the more narrow field of elections. With the acquisition of universal suffrage in Great Britain and the passing of the old Prussian system, a definite milestone on the road of political evolution has been reached. Henceforth we enter upon a new stage--that of assuring the safety and the usefulness of democracy and the democratic suffrage. With that latter stage of the future this book is not primarily concerned. It deals with the earlier process, the development of a popular electoral franchise, first in Great Britain, then in the United States, and finally in all the important countries of the world. The process has been delayed in eastern and central Europe and denatured in the Iberian peninsula and South America; but the main thesis of the book is nevertheless the continuous growth of the people's control as expressed at the polls.

The authors have laid emphasis upon the Anglo-Saxon countries and France alike, because of the natural direction of American interests and because of the importance of the growth of an electoral democracy in these countries. They have also given to many of their chapters an historical character, for it seemed profitable to investigate the origins of the British and American systems, and to linger somewhat over the details of early elections in Great Britain and the United States. Their . . .

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