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Democracy is not a viable form of government.
Democracy helps prevent rebellions and civil wars.
Empirical evidence indicates that strong democratic institutions and the onset of civil war are negatively related. --
Democracy and civil war
, Brookings Institution
Inclusive political processes
offer potential rebels opportunities to resolve their grievances within the political system and raise the costs of rebellion, thereby removing a key incentive for pursuing armed conflict.
Voting serves as a "release valve" for citizens to express their dissent, which makes it less likely for them to take up arms against the government.
Elections, unless it becomes too visible that they're corrupt and fixed, give a clear indication of who the legitimate successor of the current ruler is, which helps to prevent succession crises that appear in monarchies and dictatorships.
While the likelihood of a civil war starting is lower in democratic regimes than in other states, the ability of
ending such conflicts is limited.