On the Dark Side of Democracy: The Deviation from Democratic Principles and the Failure of Creating Common Consensus

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Phao Nawakul


This article presents the argument of the dark sides of democracy by introducing four books including: Size and Democracy (Dahl & Tufte, 1973), The End of History (Fukuyama, 2002), Violent and Democracy (Ross, 2004), and The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing (Mann, 2005) to open the debate. On the light side, representative democracy has been recognized as an innovation that makes the old kind of direct democracy obsolete. Nevertheless, as time passed by, some scholars argue that certain democratic regimes may be inclined to associate with violence that exposes the dark side of democracy. This article attempts to reveal the failure of democracy in creating a common consensus in the society and its deviation from original democratic principles. Instead of upholding democratic values and principles, aggression and rage among people in the society could justify the efforts that deviate from democratic principles in the name of protecting democracy itself.

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Nawakul, P. (2020). On the Dark Side of Democracy: : The Deviation from Democratic Principles and the Failure of Creating Common Consensus. Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, 6(1), 107–130. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/HRPS/article/view/242864
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Author Biography

Phao Nawakul, Faculty of Public Administration, Dhurakij Pundit University


-Lecturer in Politics and Government, Faculty of Public Administration, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand

Educational Background

-Master Degree in Politics and Government, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand

-Bachelor of Science Program in Cooperative Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University, Thailand


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