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Conference paper

The Democratic Ideal and Historical Experience

Peter Kielmansegg ; University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

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APA 6th Edition
Kielmansegg, P. (1992). Demokratski ideal i povijesno iskustvo. Politička misao, 29 (4), 4-10. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Kielmansegg, Peter. "Demokratski ideal i povijesno iskustvo." Politička misao, vol. 29, no. 4, 1992, pp. 4-10. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Kielmansegg, Peter. "Demokratski ideal i povijesno iskustvo." Politička misao 29, no. 4 (1992): 4-10.
Kielmansegg, P. (1992). 'Demokratski ideal i povijesno iskustvo', Politička misao, 29(4), pp. 4-10. Available at: (Accessed 15 June 2021)
Kielmansegg P. Demokratski ideal i povijesno iskustvo. Politička misao [Internet]. 1992 [cited 2021 June 15];29(4):4-10. Available from:
P. Kielmansegg, "Demokratski ideal i povijesno iskustvo", Politička misao, vol.29, no. 4, pp. 4-10, 1992. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 15 June 2021]

The author believes that the democratic principle of legitimacy has definetly won over all other forms of legitimization in the 20th century becuase it is the only one that can be coordinated with the conditions of modernity. The modern is based on individuality and rationality which constitute the core of the modern political set-up. The process of the modern dissolves the conditions for a stable democracy come into being everywhere. The solving of conflicts through consensual rules, which means solving conflicts through the form of legal regulation, is included by the author among the basic presuppositions of a successful democratic mode of political practice. This is where the unremovable link between the constitutional state and democracy resides. All attempts to exclude democracy from its symbiosis with the constitutional state would destroy democracy itself. This is the basic experience of the twentieth century concerning democracy.

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