Since the late eighteenth century, when the word 'democrat' became common, the meanings of 'democracy' have continued to change. To a large degree this has been a consequence of the actions of social movements that challenged not only current procedures but the boundaries of democratic citizenship. Democracy has always inspired people with the promise of inclusion, but has at the same time excluded others. Although the boundaries have changed, the existence of such boundaries has continued to galvanize movements for change.
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