Representative democracy

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  • Representative democracy
    • Most common model
    • The people do not make political decisions but, instead choose representatives to make decisions on their behalf. We see this through British elections. Those elected need to be "held accountable"
    • Accountability is essential if representatives are to act responsibly and in the interests of the people.
    • During the election campaign, opposition parties will highlight the shortcomings of the government as a campaign and will offer their own alternatives.
    • At the same time the government will seek to explain and justify what they have done to be re-elected.
      • Similarly, individual reps will be held to account for their performance- how well they have represented their constituents
        • The legislature can hold government to account regularly, but the individual representatives are normally safe till next election

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