- Is democracy about outcomes or about process?
- If it is about outcomes, are outcomes then restricted by policy or the choices of political actors, or does democracy extend to the social, moral and psychological development of the citizens?
- Are the political parties autonomous actors in the political process and the voters are called upon to choose from an array of them, or are they channels through which the citizens act politically?
“...a body of men united for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest, upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed”.
“it is hard to shake off the intuition that the more political parties are in evidence the more consolidated the democracy appears to be.”