Democracy

Define 'Democracy'
Democracy comes from the Greek words "demos" and "kratos". Demos meaning the people and Kratos meaning rule/power. So, democracy means rule by the people.
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Define 'Direct Democracy'
A political system in which people govern themselves by directly participating in a political decision. An example of 'Direct Democracy' is a referendum and an example of this is the 2016 EU referendum where 17,410,742 voted to leave the EU. (52%)
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Define 'Representative Democracy'
Political system in which citizens elect other people to represent them, in order to make decisions on their behalf. An example of this is when we vote for MP's for our constituency to represent us> Gareth Thomas>Harrow West
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What is one advantage of Direct Democracy?
Increased political participation>people realise that they have the opportunity to voice their opinion meaning they can make a difference and DD puts all the power in the hands of the people.
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What is another advantage of Direct Democracy?
Your vote matters>in other types of democracy such as representative, your vote does not impact how things are ran. DD is when a vote is important to the country, which ignites pride and patriosim.
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What is one disadvantage of Direct Democracy?
Minority has no say>if every decision is voted on by the people, there will be no beneficial change for people of minority groups, meaning they will always remain a minority.
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What is another disadvantage of Direct Democracy?
Not everyone has the skills/knowledge>letting everyone having a say is not essentially beneficial. This is because a large majority of the population does not have the education to make important decisions.
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What is one advantage of Representative Democracy?
Citizen representation>people have a say in who is elected into any form of government office. Those elected officials make decisions on what the majority of people want.
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What is another advantage of Representative Democracy?
A place to turn to>if someone has an issue in which they believe should be addressed, they can easily access their local MP. Then they can guide them through the steps needed to take it to the government.
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What is one disadvantge of Representative Democracy?
Misplaced trust>once the election process is over, the people's voice in government is over. They must put their faith into their MP to do things they promised which is rarely the case.
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What is another disadvantage of Representative Democracy?
The majority rules>the election process of RD focuses solely on the majority. If the minority have important/significant issues, they may not be heard and this causes a seperation between the constituency.
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What is Parliamentary Democracy?
In the UK, voters choose an MP for their constituency and the party with the majority of seats (650) forms a government. Members of the government are drawn from parliament, either the commons or lords.Legislations are passed through parliament.
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What is Liberal Democracy?
A respone to fears of the "tyranny of the majority", which means too much power in the hands of the majority, power is divided and seperated to prevent this.> free/fair elections/government accountable to the people.
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