Democracy and Participation Key Terms

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Democracy
Rule by the poeple of 'people power'
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Representative Democracy
Where citizens elect representatives to fromulate legislation and take decisions on their behalf
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Direct Democracy
Where citizens are given a direct input into the decison making process
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Referendum
A vote on a single issue put to the public by the government, they tend to be a yes or no answer
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Initiative
A process by which citizens can call a referendum, normally by collecting predetermind number of signatures on a petition
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Recall
A device that allows citizens to unseat an elected offical before the end of their term in office
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Political Participation
Collectively referes to the range of ways in which citizens can invole themselves in the political process
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Franchise
The Franchise is the right to vote as established by parliamentry statute. the vast majority of adult UK citizens have the right to vote
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Turnout
The percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot in a given election
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Canvassing
Where local party activisits go from door to door in a effort to assess the strenght of support and win over floating voters
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Participation Crisis
The view that declining levels of political participation in theUK threatern to undermine its democratic system
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POWER Inquiry
An inquiy into the state of political participation in the UK initated by the Rowntree Trust
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Subsidiarity
The principle that decisions should be taken at the lowest tier of government possible
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e-democracy
the greater use of the internet, mobile phones and other electronic media as a means of enhancing the operation of existing political institutions and encouraging participation
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Where citizens elect representatives to fromulate legislation and take decisions on their behalf

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A vote on a single issue put to the public by the government, they tend to be a yes or no answer

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