Title

Afghanistan's Democracy: A Work in Progress

Date of Award

8-18-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Naomi Starosta

Keywords

Afghanistan; Constitution; Democracy; Global Affairs; Government; Parliamentary System; Political Science; Presidential System; Separation of Powers

Abstract

Afghanistan has the potential to become a democratic system of government, complete with a new constitution and a voting public. This project examines whether the current presidential system allows direct representation, constitutional liberalism, and democratic norms to flourish in Afghanistan. Further, it analyzes whether the presidential system was a better choice than a parliamentary system of government for Afghanistan and what led the drafters of the constitution to divert from the latter. An analysis of Afghanistan's current constitution and a case study comparison of Afghanistan to Israel and Turkey is included in this project. Once the topics have been reviewed and analyzed, the project concludes with proposals and challenges for Afghanistan and its democratic aspirations.

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