ied and pasted in all regions of the globe. It did, however, gain popularity around the 20th century; after WWII many new countries came into being due to decolonization, when democracy as a concept caught on, not because it was a norm the world valued, but because it was used as a 'weapon' against the threat of communism. This was also the basis of the onset of the cold war. It was the war of ideologies, and democratization of the newly independent states begun. As Potter stated 'why has democratization been a strong impulse in some countries, a weaker or non-existent impulse in others?' (1997, Democtatization, Blackwell, pg.1) He then defined democratization as 'political changes moving in a democratic direction' (pg 3). Webster (2011) stated in his lectures that 'democracy is on the march, majority of the world's states are now democratic'. Amartya Sen (1999) defined democracy as 'A universal value'. According to freedom house (2006) 47% of countries in the world are classified as free.
Though the statistics show that the concept of democracy is being enforced around the globe, it is difficult to adapt in some parts of the world. North Korea being one of the controversial cases where they state that the country is officially "the democratic people's republic of Korea". According to modern economists North Korea is strikingly different as it is cut off from the existing world as they live in their own separate reality, where the leaders of the country maintain complete control and the masses have restricted freedom of expression; anyone opinionated against the regime can be detained.