This site contains 21 pieces in a series of one-page primers on the fundamentals of democracy originally produced and maintained by the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), U.S. Department of State.

Although the term is ubiquitous in today's world, explaining "democracy" can be challenging. This series provides the reader with an overview paper and then breaks down the specific elements of democratic governance into individual topics. Each paper in the series reflects both the thinking of mainstream theorists and common practices of the many free societies now flourishing under systems of democratic governance.