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Democracy is both a sacred and a promiscuous word. We all love her but we see her differently. She is hard to pin down. Everyone claims her but no one can possess or even name her fully. To give any definition for a class to learn would not be particularly democratic. To have any open-ended discussion about possible meanings could be reasonably democratic. Like ‘Britishness’ it is more a matter of recognizable behaviour over time than of definitive definition for a precise cur-ricular moment. Besides, definitions don't settle arguments. ‘Democracy’ can suggest certain institutional arrangements or it can suggest authorities or individuals behaving in a democratic manner. To some it means that the will of the majority must prevail; but to many others it ...

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