Comparing Direct and Representative Democracy

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  • Elected representatives can be expected to use superior knowledge, judgement and experience to consider issues more deeply. This can avoid hasty and emotional decisions which can result from direct democracy.
  • Representatives are in a position to mediate between the conflicting demands of different groups in society - for example on the environment and low taxation.
  • Representatives are in a position to protect minorities against the 'tyranny of the majority'. If either issue were resolved by direct democracy, the majority would always prevail.
  • The demands of different sections…



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