What is democracy?

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  • What is democracy?
    • Power is ultimately in the hands of the majority.
    • Direct democracy is when citizens  make decisions themselves eg. ancient Greece.
    • Representative democracy is where we elect MP's to make decisions on our behalf.
      • Representatives have some accountability to their electorate but it is unclear whether they should take into account voters opinions when making decisions.
      • The UK is a de facto representative democracy meaning the authority stems from the whole adult population in a free and fair election.
    • In a Parliamentary democracy, the legislature and the executive are elected at the same time.
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