This chapter (n Norwegian) argues that hardly any word is as misused as democracy. Very few would be prepared to declare themselves and anti-democrats; the great majority consider themselves adherents to a democratic system of governance. Political leaders and movements compete in projecting themselves as democrats. However, this embracing of democracy is problematic. In practice, the substance of the concept varies considerably. At the end of the day, it is political praxis that matters, not lofty declarations and promises, which in retrospect prove to be of little consequence.

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