Thе balance between democraci and the rule of law as a way to establish the law-governed state

Olga Aleksandrovna Sydorenko


This paper has dealt with incidence of the balance between democracy and the rule of law. The problem of quantitative and qualitative characteristics of democracy is one of the key issues  in its theory, was covered in the writings of the representatives of elitist and collectivist concepts. Could we unequivocally state that the democratic form of government has won and there are no threatening factors? A significant number of modern countries are not ready to accept democratic principles. The cleavage between the scholars ranges from the maximum limitation of citizenspolitical participation and the transfer of the entire initiative exclusively to the political elite, to attempts to involve them in the decision-making process at all levels. We believe that a comprehensive and systematic study of the whole complex of the issues related to the balance of democracy and the rule of law must be considered among the most relevant and perspective directions of modern legal science. And a reliable deed in this direction can be only the notion of democracy as the rule of the majority, where the differences between interests are not depressed and ignored, but governed by law, supported by socio-political agreement on the basis of balance of interests and mutually beneficial compromises, in which provision of both the rights of minorities and natural inalienable human rights are guaranteed.


democracy; rule of law; law-governed state; democratic values; principle of a law-governed state; social structure of society

Full Text:



Revel, Zh.-F. (2001). Druha molodist demokratii: Maibutnie demokratychnoho impulse. Kyiv: Sfera [in Ukrainian].

Zakarija, F. (2004). Budushhee svobody: neliberal'naja demokratija v SShA i za ih predelami. Moscow: Ladomir [in Russian].

Hjelloujell, Dzh. H. (1993). Moral'nye osnovy demokratii. Moscow: Proza, Pojezija, Publicistika [in Russian].

Boduen, Zh. (1995). Vstup do politolohii. Kyiv: Osnovy [in Ukrainian].

Barber, B. (2005). Sylna demokratiia: polityka uchasnytskoho typu. Demokratiia: Antolohiia. O. Protsenko (Ed.). Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 254–262 [in Ukrainian].

Tsymmerman, Dzh. F. (2005). Uchasnytska demokratiia: vidrodzhennia populizmu. Demokratiia: Antolohiia. O. Protsenko (Ed.). Kyiv: Smoloskyp, 263–303 [in Ukrainian].

Tamanaha, B. (2007). Verkhovenstvo prava. Istoriia. Praktyka. Teoriia. Kyiv [in Ukrainian].

Waldron, J. (2002). Is the Rule of Law an Essentially Contested Concept (in Florida)? Law and Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 2, 137–164.

Lukaides, L.G. (2006). Princip verhovenstva prava i prava cheloveka: s osobym uchetom precedentnoj praktiki Evropejskogo suda po pravam cheloveka. Prava cheloveka. Praktika Evropejskogo suda po pravam cheloveka, 4, 25–34 [in Russian].

Wade, H. Administrative law. Oxford, 1984.

Dovhert, A.S. (2007). Diia pryntsypu verkhovenstva prava u sferi pryvatnoho prava. Universytetski naukovi zapysky, 2 (22), 83–89 [in Ukrainian].

Khrestomatiia z istorii derzhavy i prava Ukrainy. (2003). A.S. Chaikovskyi, O.L. Kopylenko, V.M. Kryvonis et al. (Eds.). Kyiv: Yurinkom Inter [in Ukrainian].

Pukhtetska, A.A. (2010). Yevropeiskyi administratyvnyi prostir i pryntsyp verkhovenstva prava. Kyiv: Yurydychna dumka [in Ukrainian].

Koziubra, M.I. (2010). Verkhovenstvo prava: ukrainski realii ta perspektyvy. Law of Ukraine, 3, 6–18 [in Ukrainian].

Rabinovych, P.M. (2006). Verkhovenstvo prava v interpretatsii Strasburzkoho sudu ta Konstytutsiinoho Sudu Ukrainy. Bulletin of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, 1, 37–46 [in Ukrainian].

Rishennia Yevropeiskoho sudu z prav liudyny u spravi «Ponomarov proty Ukrainy» vid 03 kvitnia 2008 roku. (2009). Ofitsijnyj visnyk UkrainyOfficial Gazette of Ukraine, 37, art. 1273 [in Ukrainian].

GOST Style Citations

Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM

Copyright (c) 2018 Olga Aleksandrovna Sydorenko

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

ISSN 2224-9281