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Entry from June 24, 2012
Democrazy (democracy + crazy)

"Democrazy” (democracy + crazy) is a term to describe a democracy gone crazy, perhaps by corrupt politics and elections. “Democrazy” has been cited in print since at least 1853 and has been frequently used in African countries, especially Nigeria.

A similar term is “bureaucrazy” (bureaucracy + crazy).


Urban Dictionary
democrazy
what United States Of America actually is
USA is a democrazy not a democracy
by brainwash Sep 4, 2004

20 April 1853, The Citizen (Jackson, MI), pg. 3, col. 4:
The Democratic? State of Missouri, has a State Bank, nearly upon the plan of the old U. S. Bank. Demo-crazy that!

6 Juy 1935, Seattle (WA) Daily Times, pg. 6, col. 5:
I might add, in passing, that I have never heard a voter called democrazy, nor a religious person called theocrazy. I hope I never shall.
(Letter from Charles A. Knight—ed.)

19 August 1959, Springfield (MA) Union, Amusements, pg. 17, col. 2:
His pal replied, “The republic has changed to a democrazy.”
(Letter from J. F. Ferrier, Springfield—ed.)

OCLC WorldCat
“Democrazy: Dem Go Craze, O”: Monitoring the 1999 Nigerian Elections
Author: Darren Kew
Edition/Format:  Article : English
Publication: Issue: A Journal of Opinion, 1999, vol. 27, no. 1, p. 29-33
Database: JSTOR

OCLC WorldCat record
Democracy or `democrazy’?
Publisher: [London, Afrimedia International, etc.]
Edition/Format:  Article : English
Publication: West Africa. no. 4248, (October 16, 2000): 9-12
Database: ArticleFirst

Google Books
Reconstructing the Third Wave of Democracy:
Comparative African democratic politics

By Rita Kiki Edozie
Lanham, MD: University Press Of America
2009
Pg. 168:
It is this set of events that effectively captured the Nigerian electorate’s sentiments in the comments of popular, Nigerian Afro-beat artist, Femi Kuti’s on the eve of elections, “The President says to his VP—you are a thief; his VP replies you are too. This is not Democracy but ‘Demo-crazy’” (BBC, April 2007).

OCLC WorldCat record
Democracy or democrazy? Local experiences of democratization in Timor-Leste
Author: Deborah Cummins
Edition/Format:  Article : English
Publication: Democratization, v17 n5 (201010): 899-919
Database: CrossRef
Other Databases: British Library Serials; Elsevier

Google Books
The New Scramble for Africa
By Pádraig Risteard Carmody
Malden MA: Polity Press
2011
Pg. 179:
The noted Oxford development economist Paul Collier also calls democracy promotion in very low-income countries ‘democrazy’ (Collier 2009).

Google Books
Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy>o?
Edited by Victor V. Ramraj, Michael Hor, Kent Roach and George Williams
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2012
Pg. 304:
Anti-terrorism measures in Indonesia have also had to contend with the euphoria of a new-found democracy, where even justifiable and necessary restrictions to civil liberties are viewed with apprehension. This has led some to coin the word ‘democrazy’ to describe this situation. 

Posted by Barry Popik
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