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Volume :45 Issue : 2 2017      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Kuwaiti Democracy Between the Theoretical Components of Democracy and its Pratical Reality in the Kuwaiti Political Arena Critical Reading of the Negative Phenomena

Auther : Abdullah Alghanim

Categorizing political systems in terms of being democratic or non-democratic is not only determined by the existence of democratic institutions, such as parliaments, elections, parties and so forth, but also more importantly by the degree of credibility that characterizes the exervise of the democratic process, Most political systems around the workd have legislative institutions, where parliamentary election are periodically held, yet to judge whether a system is democratic or non-democratic requires: first, identifying the degree of credibility of political participation and to what extent it enjoys freedom and integrity, which leads to the establishment of a legislative institution that is effective in law-making, monitoring and accountability; Second, creating a state of intellectual pluralis, which can accommodate a wide range of opinoins, regardless of hwether they are negatively or positively intersected with what is generally accepted in society; Third, drawing up a real constitution that guarantees the protection of rights and freedoms and serves as a reference that can be conulted in crises; Fourth, allowing political parties to emerge from the grassroots that can monitor the government's performance and ensure that its output meet the desires and needs of the people; Fifth, forming political awareness that supports the encironment for democracy. These five components are democratic or non-democratic. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the Kuwaiti decades of parliamentary life: Has the Kuwaiti situation satisfied the components of failed to achieve these components? Or is it still in a state of fluctuation between progress and setback? The study concluede that there are many imblances and problems that have affected and still have a profound impact on the Kuwaiti democratic experiment hindering it from achieving most of the components of the democratic system - as determined in this study - which may characterize the Kuwaiti experience to be at best a semi-democratic one.
Keywords: Democracy, Political Participation, Pluralism Protection, Performance, Political awareness.

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