This study from 2002 was one of the first to use International IDEA’s State of Democracy Assessment Framework.
The Framework is different from other methodologies because its assessments are led and owned by local actors, and move away from the practice of ranking democratic performance and making external judgements.
It combines a commitment to the principles of democracy with dialogue, and looks beyond the formal existence of democratic institutions and focuses, more importantly, on their performance.
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List of abbreviations
New Zealand Case Study
1. Citizenship, law and rights
2. Representative and accountable government
3. Civil society and popular participation
4. Democracy beyond the state