This chapters begins with different stories on the making and unmaking of democracy from different parts of the world. These stories are meant to give a sense of what it means to experience democracy and its absence. It present the pattern of the spread of democracy with a series of maps and then with a short history. The focus in this chapter is on democracy within a country. But towards the end of the chapter, we take a look at democracy r its absence in the relations among different countries. We examine the working of some international organisations. This allows us to ask a big question : are we moving towards democracy at the global level.