Perspectives on Democracy

Thinking about democracy requires confronting contradictions. What makes a political system "democratic" in its workings? What makes a society "democratic" in its structure? Or a culture "democratic" in its ethos? In the September 2016 issue, we present the following essays about democracy, broadly construed, in six countries—China, the United States, India, Brazil, Senegal, and the United Kingdom—all of which claim the mantle of "democracy."