Threats to Democracy: A Judgment and Decision Making Perspective

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Authors
  1. Mandel, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Democracy as a political form of social organization offers humanity its best prospect for freedom and peace. Today, it faces deliberate threats from totalitarian movements that rely on terrorist tactics. Democracy also faces threats from its own leaders because of the consequential nature of their judgment and decision making. This article examines how threats to democracy are perceived and managed. It is proposed that perception and management of threats to democracy represent a case of judgment and decision making under uncertainty. Relevant factors that influence policy decision making as it pertains to safeguarding democracies from threat are highlighted.
Keywords
Democracy;Threat;Judgment;Decision making;Totalitarianism;Islamist terrorism
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2005-175 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
18 May 2005
Number of Pages
14
Reprinted from
Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, vol 5, no 1, 2005
DSTKIM No
CA026712
CANDIS No
524632
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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