Comment on Møller: The Importance of Equality

Issue Date July 2015
Volume 26
Issue 3
Page Numbers 124-128
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According to Jørgen Møller, democracy was not a latecomer on the European scene; it emerged in parallel with rule of law in a way that makes European development very different from that of Russia or China, but also from the vast majority of contemporary developing countries. Yet the crucial ingredient that permitted the evolution of medieval estates into the modern institutions of representative democracy was the spread of the idea of human equality in the seventeenth century.

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Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. 

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