Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Garver

Second Advisor

Dr. Kent Kirwan

Third Advisor

Dr. Orville Menard


The theory and practice of democracy may be viewed from many different perspectives: (1) as a means of achieving higher ends; (2) as a political method for the allocation of finite resources; (3) as a protective system to guard the people from one another; (4) as an authority structure in which everyone is to have a semblance of equal say; (5) as a way to alleviate and resolve power conflicts among competing factions; (6) as a way of representing the masses in complex political affairs; (7) as an aspect of the distinctive and often unique culture of a particular nation.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1981, John A. Witt