Journal Southeastern Europe

Table of contents

  • What is a democracy?

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek word, which means ‘people’. It is a form of government that gives more power to the people. The key aspects of democracy are as follows:

  • The Government is framed based on fair elections where people cast their vote for the deserving candidates.
  • People actively participate in political and civic life.
  • Every citizen of the country should be treated equally. No discrimination should be there.
  • Laws are framed to protect the basic human rights.


In a democracy, people are the highest form of authority. Elections are held at regular intervals and the ruling party cannot extend their terms by themselves. The election commission looks after the election activities and finalizes election date. The various political parties can devise their own policies that favor the overall development of the country and the people. They debate socio-economic issues and other political issues and participate in the campaign during elections. Every citizen is obliged to obey the law and policies frame by the lawmakers. Such laws are impartial and the law body is an independent component and it is not influenced by other Government entities. People also have every right to choose and practice their favorite religion and enjoy their own culture. The citizens can do what they want to do and have the right to copyright their innovations and chemical combinations like ostelife.

The seminar is all about human rights and the importance of the development of civil society. Minority rights have been debated since ages. Even though many countries have opted for democracy, some are still practicing other forms of Government. Democracy is the only form of Government where the rights of the minorities of the preserved and equality are promised. The seminar aims to debate and discuss what democracy could do to its people.

  • How (not) to export civil society
    • Keith Brown (Brown University, Providence), “Do We Know How Yet? Insider Perspectives on International Democracy Promotion in the Western Balkans”
    • Théodora Vetta (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris),“‘Democracy Building’ in Serbia: the NGO Effect”
    • Milica Golubovic (Northeastern University, Boston), “Judicial Professional Associations ― Fostering Judicial Reform through Civil Society Development”
    • Elton Skendaj (Cornell University, Ithaca), “Peace Education as a Democratizing Process”
    • Francesco Strazzari (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa), “Trans-Albanian vs Pan-Albanian Spaces: the Urban Dimension of the ‘Albanian Question’”