Illusion of consensus
Nature: Democracy depends heavily upon a citizenry which is accustomed to expressing its opinions, moderating them with respect to the concerns of others and carrying corporate decisions through to implementation. Where democratic institutions are being imposed, whether by benevolent indigenous leadership or by some outside power, there is very often a completely uncritical acceptance of new proposals and democratic institutions. A consensus of this kind often does not include strong commitment on the part of the population, and it can deceive leaders and outside observers alike into thinking that imposed democratization has been effective.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET