This collaborative research project aims to capture and map the existing conceptions of democracy present in the broad and multifaceted literature of democracy studies. We pursue this project by reviewing major texts in the field and by deploying targeted research in a number of scholarly databases. Following the claims made by key democratic theorists like David Held, David Collier, Steven Levitsky, and Wolfgang Merkel about the presence of ‘many’ or ‘hundreds of adjectives of democracy’, we have identified so far an initial list of 507 different names that are used to define the idea of democracy. The project’s long-term objective is to provide a systematic encyclopedic treatment of each of these names.
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