Politics AS- Unit 1- Democracy

What is the definition for democracy?
"power of the people" coming from the Greek "demo" and "kratis"
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What is the definition for legitimacy ?
A government or any other political body that has the democratic right to hold political power
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What is the definition for representative democracy ? and give an example
Elected individuals representing the people- Uk
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What is direct democracy? and give an example
The people decide the policy initiates directly- Switzerland
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Name four advantages of direct democracy
1. There is no representative making decisions which favour themselves or their party. 2. decisions that are made carry more authority 3. Theres no disillusionment with the representative 4.Its the mosts legitimate form of democracy
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Name four disadvantages of direct democracy
1. Relies highly on good levels of perticipation 2. Low levels of understanding amongst people can lead to an uninformed vote 3. Tyranny of the majority is likely 4. Multiple referendums are needed and is therefore expensive
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Name four advantages of representative democracy
1. Representatives may have better understanding of situation and therefore make a more informed decision 2. Questions aren't simplified 3. Decisions aren't rushed 4. Results are more likely to benefit a range of people instead of just the majority
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Name two disadvantage of representative democracy
1. Representatives may not accurately represent the people views 2. Representative democracy is only fair if the elections are fair
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Name a form of direct democracy
1. Referendums- most common form and occurs when a question with a yes or no answer is put to the people. In some countries the decision is legally binding for the government.
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Name another form of direct democracy
2. Initiatives- at local level (California) when a group of people hold protests and sign petitions about a certain issue forcing the government to hold a referendum
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