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Welcome to is a simple, multilingual handbook for all who are interested in developing, maintaining, and spreading democracy. The chapters are short and straightforward, and cover the basics. invites you to participate in the translation, in order to make a global Democracy Handbook in as many languages as possible. is a combination of expert and user generated knowledge, and you can read the chapters in order or surf around. Feel free to join the development of with translations, comments, and debate. Just keep in mind that this site should be easy to understand for everybody. All pages that have been locked and have the democracy-handbook-logo, have been fact-checked and approved by experts. Read more about it and how you can contribute at About is written for citizens in existing democracies and people in non-democracies. Therefor some chapters have more than one point of view: How can you contribute to democracy, if you live in one? And where to begin, if you don't? consists of six parts:

  • Introduction to Democracy a reflection on the values and concepts upon which democracy rests and must continue building.
  • Democracy's Institutions and Premises introduces the concrete elements of a solid democracy.
  • Democracy – The First Time is about the cultural development from early hunter-gatherer societies to Greek democracy and how Europe developed under the Romans, and later during Christianity and Islam.
  • Democracy – The Second Time covers the democratic development in Europe and the US from the Renaissance to today. The chapters on the history of democracy are longer than the other chapters on Hopefully these historical chapters provide an understanding of how hard it was for democracy to develope.
  • Threats Against Democracy focuses on the many things that obstruct development of democracy, and which undermines democracy from within or from the outside.
  • The Future of Democracy - How can you participate in or initiate democracy where you live?

Introduction to Democracy

Democracy’s Institutions and Premises

Democracy – The First Time

Democracy – The Second Time

Threats Against Democracy

The Future of Democracy