Direct Democracy (strengths)

  • Genuine democracy: only pure form of democracy - people only obey laws they make themselves; true view of what people want.
  • Personal development: better informed and knowledgable citizens.
  • End of professional politics: reduces/removes publics dependence on self-serving professional politicians.
  • Legitimate government: ensures rule is legitimate; people more likely to accept decisions they have made themselves.
  • People more involved in commounity and state.
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Direct Democracy (weaknesses)

  • Only small scale, ideal but may not be functional in practice.
  • Need for experts in fields who can make informed decisions and have practical long term view for the whole of society.
  • Public could soon tire of the effort and commitment to the process and more content with limited involvement, Current suggestions of voter fatigue under the current democractic system.
  • Constant reference and involvement ofthe public may create public instability and polarise opinion could potentially develop into a crisis.
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Representative democracy (strengths)

  • Practical democracy: operates on large scale.
  • Governments by experts: decision making in hands of politicians who have better education and greater expertise than mass of people.
  • Divisions of labour in politics: more efficient because ordinary citizens relivied of day-to-day decision making.
  • Political stability: through elections and free speech. Certain level of apathy is helpful in maintaining politicla stability.
  • Pragmatic and evolves in a range of areas.
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Representative democracy (weaknesses)

  • Form of indirect democracy, not people rule in absolute/full sense.
  • Participation levels low - legitamcy of system?
  • Problems have emerged with political aprties who influence the politicla process as they offer narrow electoral choice and elite rule - 50% of places at Oxford are reserved for people from Eton).
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Direct Democracy (strengths)

  • Genuine democracy: only pure form of democracy - people only obey laws they make themselves; true view of what people want
  • Personal development: better informed and knowledgable citizens.</li>
  • End of professional politics:reduces/removes publics dependence on self-serving professional politicians.
  • Legitimate government: ensures rule is legitimate; people more likely to accept decisions they have made themselves.
  • People more involved in commounity and state.
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