Explain the main features of the UK democracy

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  • Explain the main features of the UK's democratic system
    • Multi-level government where policies can in theory at least be developed and implemented by those best placed to understand the needs of the people e.g. subsidiarity
    • A system of free and fair elections, incorporating a wide franchise and operating under a secret ballot
    • The protection of basic rights and liberties under the rule of law
    • The existence of a wide range of political parties and pressure groups, providing numerous avenues for political participation and representation
    • Peaceful transition of power from one government to the next
    • There are free, fair, regular elections
    • People have open access to independent information, including free press and other media
    • Government should be accountable to the people and representative institutions
    • High degree of freedom for individuals and groups


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