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Democracy past paper questions:

January 2009:

(a)What are the main features of representative democracy? (5)
Paragraph 1: the features of representative democracy are that they provide
free, fair and regular elections. For example in the UK there are many
different demonstrations of this such as elections in Westminster, Scottish

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important decisions and there has been no real evidence that
reducing the age will provide a better turnout.
Analysis: (counterargument) however, one can argue that 16/17 year
olds currently are expected to pay taxes and therefore should have a
say and choose government. Stephen Williams in 2005 debated this

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this idea that all adult citizens have the right to vote and stand for
Analysis: However, one could argue that the general elections in
particular, using FPTP are an unfair and undemocratic
system. This is because there are many "wasted votes"
particularly in smaller parties who have no chance…

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the majority of the population, showing to inflict on
democracy in the UK.
Analysis: Pressure groups only have a certain amount of
power the majority of the power relies on popular and
real choice at elections showing it to be democratic and
not seen as having democratic deficit.
Paragraph 3:…

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democrats or joining a pressure group such as green
peace. This shows participation as the people are getting
involved in political and political issues such as the
issues surrounding the environment.
Analysis: There has been decline in membership
through parties but rise in pressure groups showing
political participation to change…

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countered argued by saying that they are not accountable
to the people due to the elections being too far apart.
Paragraph 3: by wider use, the people will provide
consent on issue, making them more likely to agree with
the result government makes.
Analysis: the UK has already been considered…


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