Do elections enhance democracy?

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Yes because there is a range of political parties to represent the views of the electorate.
There are 12 parties represented in the House of Commons
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Yes because anyone over the age of 18 can vote and there are many methods of doing this.
Post, polling station and mobile in West Highlands
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Yes because they are a means of granting legitimacy.
Governments have the right to exercise power because of the vote they got in the election
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Yes because they give a clear mandate to government.
Governments are voted in by the electorate meaning they’ve been given the authority to be in power
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Yes because they are a means of calling government and representatives to account.
The government can be voted out if the electorate are no longer happy with them
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Yes because they provide opportunities for participation in politics.
People get a chance to decide the future of their country and are ultimately in control
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Yes because they educate and inform the people on political issues.
There are many media campaigns at the time of elections
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No because the representative function is damaged under plurality systems such as First Past the Post.
In 2010 the Liberal Democrats won 23% of the votes but only 8% of the seats
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No because they limit choice because parties produce specific manifestos but people are interested in individual issues.
There has been a rise in pressure group success
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No because elections often exclude small parties.
The Conservatives and Labour have been the only parties in government since World War 2
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No because the mandate that elections grant to governments may give them excessive power.
Once a government is voted in they are free to rule mainly how they please
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The Conservatives and Labour have many wealthy donors to help fund their campaign and they are the ones on top
The Conservatives and Labour have many wealthy donors to help fund their campaign and they are the ones on top
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Yes because anyone over the age of 18 can vote and there are many methods of doing this.

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Post, polling station and mobile in West Highlands

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Yes because they are a means of granting legitimacy.

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Yes because they give a clear mandate to government.

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Yes because they are a means of calling government and representatives to account.

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