The Quality of Democracy-Concept vs. the Quintuple Helix: On the Virtues of Minimalist vs. Maximalist Approaches in Assessing the Quality of Democracy and the Quality of Society

The Quality of Democracy-Concept vs. the Quintuple Helix: On the Virtues of Minimalist vs. Maximalist Approaches in Assessing the Quality of Democracy and the Quality of Society

Gerhard Schlattl (Advantage Austria country office, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Skopje, Macedonia)
DOI: 10.4018/jsesd.2013010104
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Abstract

This article focuses on the virtues of minimalist vs. maximalist democracy conceptions, based on the central research: Should the Quality of Democracy be equated with the Quality of Society? The article addresses the Quintuple Helix, recently introduced by Carayannis & Campbell (2010), followed by a conceptual discussion of one practical operationalization, notably the “Democracy Ranking” developed by Campbell (2008). By contrast, a more concise model on political democracy, notably the Quality-of-Democracy Concept (QD-Concept), is subsequently elaborated and finally incorporated into the Quintuple Helix for further discussion. The primary aim of the article is highlighting the need to avoid the fallacy of conceptual overstretch in the framework of assessing the quality of democracy. Democracy conceptualizations should more clearly be differentiated from broader conceptualizations on quality of society.
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2. Minimalist Vs. Maximalist Conceptualizations

Before starting measuring the quality of democracy, there is a need for clarification of the concept “democracy” (Lauth, 2004, p. 12; Abromeit, 2001, p. 3).1 Particularly, the differentiated classification between regime types as well as within established democracies requires an adequate definition and proper operationalization of democracy (Lauth, 2004, 14). In scientific literature there is an enormous variety of often confounding indicators, dimensions and attributes to assess democratic quality (Lauth 2004, 13; Hadenius 1992, 5). Two different approaches can be distinguished; minimalist and maximalist democracy conceptions (see Figure 1).

Figure 1.

Trends in the broadening of concepts

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