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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1

PEOPLE, POLITICS AND PARTICIPATION
1. What do we understand by politics? Politics is defined as `the struggle for power', by this
definition politics can take place anywhere there's a hierarchy and people work towards those
high positions. That's why there's…

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vote. Indirect democracy is a more practical approach to democracy. It is less time-consuming
as citizens are expected to vote every 5 years in a general election and similarly in the council
elections and in the odd referendum, the rest of the decisions are made by the elected
representatives, it

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1
prevents electoral fatigue. It would also maintain that decisions are made rationally by elected
representatives whose job is to understand the issues and make informed decisions. As this
would be their only job, they'd have more time to research what…

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The government still has the power to restrict our freedoms. For example, the recent plans by
the Conservative government to force anyone that may undertake activities that cause alarm
and distress to submit everything to the police could be argued to be an attack on the freedom
of speech.

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1
However efforts were made in 1997 to make the political system more democractic: - Devolution
for Scotland and an established Scottish Parliament meant more
representation for Scottish interests - The Human Rights Act meant citizen rights were
enshrined into law.…

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government lacks legitimacy and doesn't have a proper mandate, then their decisions are likely
to be criticised. This would mean that the government is not as legitimate as it would be desired
in a democracy. However, it could be argued that those that didn't turn out to vote are those…

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1
bother voting, so this is called `hapathy' and would be undeclared legitimacy. If people don't
participate then their interests won't be represented, if a large proportion does not vote then that
will leave them unrepresented in Parliament and this will…

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commentator, said that `class is the basis of British party politics; all else is embellishment and
detail'. Traditionally the British political system was limited to the Conservative and the Liberals
and only the upper classes had the right to vote. There was no working class or labour type
movement/party, but…

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1

PEOPLE, POLITICS AND PARTICIPATION
1. What do we understand by politics? Politics is defined as `the struggle for power', by this
definition politics can take place anywhere there's a hierarchy and people work towards those
high positions. That's why there's…

Page 2

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vote. Indirect democracy is a more practical approach to democracy. It is less time-consuming
as citizens are expected to vote every 5 years in a general election and similarly in the council
elections and in the odd referendum, the rest of the decisions are made by the elected
representatives, it

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1
prevents electoral fatigue. It would also maintain that decisions are made rationally by elected
representatives whose job is to understand the issues and make informed decisions. As this
would be their only job, they'd have more time to research what…

Page 4

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The government still has the power to restrict our freedoms. For example, the recent plans by
the Conservative government to force anyone that may undertake activities that cause alarm
and distress to submit everything to the police could be argued to be an attack on the freedom
of speech.

Page 5

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1
However efforts were made in 1997 to make the political system more democractic: - Devolution
for Scotland and an established Scottish Parliament meant more
representation for Scottish interests - The Human Rights Act meant citizen rights were
enshrined into law.…

Page 6

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government lacks legitimacy and doesn't have a proper mandate, then their decisions are likely
to be criticised. This would mean that the government is not as legitimate as it would be desired
in a democracy. However, it could be argued that those that didn't turn out to vote are those…

Page 7

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JAWWAD MUSTAFA ­ AQA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ­ UNIT 1
bother voting, so this is called `hapathy' and would be undeclared legitimacy. If people don't
participate then their interests won't be represented, if a large proportion does not vote then that
will leave them unrepresented in Parliament and this will…

Page 8

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commentator, said that `class is the basis of British party politics; all else is embellishment and
detail'. Traditionally the British political system was limited to the Conservative and the Liberals
and only the upper classes had the right to vote. There was no working class or labour type
movement/party, but…

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