Representative democracy

  • Created by: xfirereg
  • Created on: 23-02-19 13:43

The existence of democratic elections is necessary but not a sufficient condition for the existence of representative democracy:

  • Executive activity is bound by the rule of law
  • The judiciary is independent of the executive
  • Citizens have a right to political protest
  • Rights of minorities are respected

Representative democracy in the UK is described as parliamentary democracy due to its dominance in the political system and how representatioin occurs traditionally thorugh Parliament:

  • Parliament is sovereign: Even the PM, who enjoys many arbitrary prerogative powers, has to command a moajority of Parliament
  • UK Government is drawn from Parliament and is directly accountable to Parliament
    • Government submits all…


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