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Representative Democracy and Compromise

- A representative democracy can be defined as a form of government where the people would elect their leaders who would then have to rule and make laws. This allows laws to be made intelligently by specialists. While the people still get a say in who makes those laws, they have no power to influence them directly. The power is therefore split. The people retain some power while the rest is held among the elected representatives. This form of governance is held by the United Kingdom where representatives such as the Members of Parliament meet in the House of Commons to to discuss and pass laws....   [tags: Government, Representatives, Leaders]

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Democracy : A Democracy And A Republic

- ... Besides the complex system of checks and balances, the United States has created a different way of electing a President. The President is chosen through the process of the Electoral College while citizens indirectly pick who they want to lead their country. This way of electing has inconsistences and sometimes the candidate who did not win the majority vote can still become President. In an article written by Vincy Fon he gives a brief description of the Electoral College and why there have been attempts to change the system....   [tags: Democracy, Representative democracy, Elections]

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Democracy And Its Impact On Democracy

- Democracy is robust, widely accepted and highly anticipated around the world. It is the triumphant form of government; dominantly used in Europe, North and South and America and becoming reformed and taking new roots in Africa and Asia. Although the term democracy is based on its Greek origin, demos kratos, meaning people rule, the term cannot be simply understood as such. Due to vast coverage, the adaptation of democracy has varied greatly, whether regionally, nationally, by state or through different branches of government....   [tags: Democracy, Representative democracy]

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Representative Democracy

- Today’s democratic societies practice representative democracy but the ideal of a true representative democracy, where those elected to power mirror the population of a given society is inconsistent with reality. The reality is that, there is an underrepresentation of different minority groups both in terms of their presence in the political assemblies and in terms of their substantive representation. History has shown that minority groups have been continuously underrepresented in most of the world’s democratic societies, and while there have been small improvements in some countries, for the most part minorities in general have yet to make any impressive gain towards more effective politic...   [tags: Politics, Minorities, Political Activism]

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Public Opinion On The Representation Of The Representative Democracy

- ... For that reason, it makes it harder to say if the public’s view will push or go along with the health care plans (Blendon, Brodie, Benson, Altman, & Buhr, 2006). In general, public views concerning the new health care law have hardly swayed ever since its passage in March 2010 and the public’s backing for the law has never gotten to 50% in the CBS News Polls. Months after the health care law was approved, 43% of American citizens actually supported the law. During the debates, CBS News Polls revealed that a greater part of citizens also wanted important changes made to the health care laws or they wanted the government to redevelop the whole health care organization....   [tags: Health care, Health, Health insurance]

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The American Political System Is Representative Democracy

- The American political system is representative democracy. There are three branches in the federal government under the Constitution. The legislative power is assigned in the Congress and made up of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. The most powerful in Congress is made laws and controlled finances of the U.S. The President is head of state, chief executive, enforces federal laws, control foreign policy. He serves as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, and he has power make treaties with Senate approval....   [tags: President of the United States]

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Democracy Is The Most Effective System Of Governance

- For thousands of years, democracy has been the most acclaimed form of government. From the agoras of Athens, where democracy first erupted, to our current world, democracy has been a decisive element in modern world politics. The term democracy translates to “rule of the people”, a system where eligible citizens are able to decide through a common vote. However, democracy has radically evolved over the centuries, and so did the negative aspects of it. First, we must state what is considered an “effective political system” and why democracy is, or isn’t the most effective system of governance today....   [tags: Democracy, Voting, Representative democracy]

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Democracy Today 's Society Government

- In today’s society government has a large impact on the day to day life of Americans. From laws, to military, to social security, government is clearly very important. Our government has been influenced by different countries and people throughout time, then improvised and made more efficient. The ancient greeks had a lot of influence on the way the government works today. There are many pros and cons about democracy according to Euripides. Some of the pros are the democracy is made to protect the people....   [tags: Democracy, Government, Representative democracy]

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Questioning the Electoral College System

- ... In the beginning, the states were set to have a much larger say of who would rule the nation than the people themselves (Gringer, 2008). With the Electoral College, a two party system is maintained. While many disagree with the two party system, it “acts as a balance in the presidential election process” (McCollester, 2007). The alternative to a two party system is not any better than the system itself. In the past “multi-party systems have divided nations” and taken down their systems of government (McCollester, 2007)....   [tags: representative democracy]

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Direct Democracy Vs Representative Democracy

- Direct Democracy vs Representative Democracy The term Democracy is derived from two Greek words, demos, meaning people, and kratos, meaning rule. These two words form the word democracy which means rule by the people. Aristotle, and other ancient Greek political philosophers, used the phrase, `the governors are to be the governed', or as we have come to know it, `rule and be ruled in turn'. The two major types of democracy are Representative Democracy and Direct Democracy. Clearly the arguments for and against each form of democracy are plentiful....   [tags: Politics Government Compare Contrast Essays]

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The Differences Between Democracy And Republic

- ... Although republic is similar to democracy that they both protect people 's rights, republic cares about the minority people who do not make sounds by themselves more. All citizens will get the equal chances to vote and show their opinions individually . -- Chengzhuo Wang It is my understanding that indirect democracy and republic are one in the same. A system of government were the people hold power and elect representatives to make polices and initiatives. That the only difference is that the Republic meaning goes it to slighter depths of it 's system and democracy can be seen as a broader term....   [tags: Democracy, Representative democracy, Human rights]

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Transparency Is Highly Valued By The Public Of The United States ' Representative Democracy

- ... The way in which the legislative branch is transparent is shown by congressional hearings open to the public. With live coverage of congressional meetings by CNN or CSPAN, the public has the option of attending these hearings, watching them on television, or accessing them on various websites. This example is an advantage of congress’ transparency because the public needs knowledge on the laws being passed in order to develop informed opinions. This encourages a participatory democracy that discusses and analyzes bills....   [tags: Separation of powers, Executive, Judiciary, Law]

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Understanding of two Political Systems: Deliberative Democracy and Representative Government

- This essay aims to provide a better understanding of two political systems namely deliberative democracy and representative government; it presents the advantages and disadvantages of both, the types of governance. Deliberative democracy as address by Guttman and Dennis (2004) is based on the notion that citizens and their representatives come to a common place to discuss matters such as finance budgets and come to a mutual agreement of what needs to have more attention. Representative government, on the other hand, is defined as a form of government freely elected by the people to make significant decision of the behalf of their electorate (McLean & McMillan 2009)....   [tags: democracy, political system, government]

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Examining the Ways a Pressure Group Contributes to Representative Democracy

- Examining the Ways a Pressure Group Contributes to Representative Democracy In a representative democracy, citizens elect representatives to make decisions for them. In doing this, citizens hand over the responsibility for making decisions to someone else. In Britian voters elect members of parliament’s (MPs) to represent them every four to five years and this makes the representatives in some way accountable to the electorate. However many are unsatisfied with their representation and join pressure groups to make their views heard....   [tags: Papers]

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Flaws Of The Electoral System

- Electoral Defects Elections are considered to the most fundamental act to any democratic regime. It is quite interesting to observe that the institution that is often viewed to be the most powerful of its kind is in fact not insusceptible to evils, especially those residing in its electoral system. The United States is often regarded as the most powerful and exemplary democracy amongst those practiced in other States. While the U.S proudly accepts its title as the world’s leading democratic hegemon, one cannot simply assume perfection in its internal practices....   [tags: Elections, Election, Representative democracy]

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The U.s. Electoral College

- ... Article 2 section 1 of the Constitution clearly states that the winner of the presidential election will be decided by “…a Number of Electors…” and not by a general election. Many Americans rally around the Constitution, but balk whenever the Electoral College’s choice conflicts with that of a general election. When this happens, the Constitution comes under fire. The Constitution does not so much as mention a general election for the presidency, so why does the public give the voting process so much merit....   [tags: Democracy, Representative democracy, Elections]

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The Politics of Democracy

- A perfect government, as history has shown us, is next to impossible. While the degree of histories’ many governments is quantifiable, none can be defined as perfect. Whether it’s the size of the state, complexity of the time and issues, the rulers, the people, or unforeseeable matter-whatever it is-the human race has yet to find a perfect form of government. Consequently, while approaching this issue, the question is not which group is “right”. Rather which system more benevolently serves the people, since “democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”....   [tags: Philosophy, Participatory, Representative]

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Democracy - " A System of Government for the Ages"

- Democracy as defined by the textbook refers to a type of political system where the people rule themselves, or “rule by the many”, rather than being ruled by a King or Queen as in a monarchy or by the few as in an oligarchy such as Sparta. The main idea pushing democracy is that ordinary people have the need and want to govern themselves and are completely capable of doing so. Democracy over the years has gained extreme popularity the world over. From corner to corner of the globe examples of democracy can be found more and more each day....   [tags: elections, representative, citizens]

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Democracy Is The Jacksonian Dictionary 's Definition Of Democracy

- ... “Democracies fall into two basic categories, direct and representative. In a direct democracy, all citizens, without the intermediary of elected or appointed officials, can participate in making public decisions. Such a system is clearly only practical with relatively small numbers of people--in a community organization or tribal council, for example, or the local unit of a labor union, where members can meet in a single room to discuss issues and arrive at decisions by consensus or majority vote.” During the early years in America’s history, we show multiple times where religious groups tried to come together and reach a common goal, but with this came the persons that didn’t agree and...   [tags: Democracy, Human rights, Tyranny of the majority]

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The Political Theory Of Democracy And Freedom

- Sipan Dehjet Prof. Queen Political Theory 6 June 2015 Question #2 Democracy and Freedom “Give me liberty or give me death!” These were the words uttered by Patrick Henry from a speech he made to Virginia Convention. He wanted the Americans to come together and fight the British for their freedom. Throughout history, many political theorists fought to end social inequality. Karl Marx believed in communism, in which that class war was inevitable and all property must publicly owned where workers are paid according to their abilities and needs....   [tags: Political philosophy, John Locke, Democracy]

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United States as a Democracy

- United States as a Democracy Thomas Jefferson once wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Today, this quote stands tall in defining and describing the type of government the United States has created...   [tags: Democracy Government Politics]

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Representative Bureaucracy : The Internal Relationship Within A Bureaucratic System

- ... One of the first things to consider is the attributes of the performance management and issue of research in performance management. This study explores the relationship between accountability and performance based on the principal-agent theory that contributes to the understanding the relationship in different views. Important lessons can be learned based on the limitations of the principle agent theory’s approach, we can consider filling a gap with public motivation in performance management....   [tags: Public administration, Government]

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Participatory Democracy: The Better of the Two

- Several forms of government have been formed since the development of centralized power. The form of government that has showed the most international growth in the last century is democracy. There are currently over 160 democracies in the world today. These democracies, however, are not complete democracies. They are representative democracies that have been created by the leaders of our predominantly patriarchal international system. Due to this, many citizens of these democracies are considered second class citizens and their views are not heard by their supposedly democratic society....   [tags: power, democracy, society, political, analysis]

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The Constitution And Constitution Of Democracy

- In writing the Constitution, the Framers were aiming to rectify the states’ inadequate attempt at establishing a democratic government. They wanted to create a stronger government while simultaneously keeping it a democracy and protecting the Peoples’ power within it. Wary of monarchy, they intended to constrain their envisioned government’s power by creating checks and balances between and within its branches. Did they do a good enough job. In Section I, we see the Framers’ intentions for the legislature’s lower chamber to be the government’s source of democracy....   [tags: Separation of powers, United States, Democracy]

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Democracy Is Government Of The People

- ... To begin, without human rights, the other characteristics would not exist. Without the rights available for the people, ultimately makes them subjects to the government in society rather than citizens. Human rights allow individuals or citizens of the society to govern themselves freely, openly, publicly and repeatedly. Particularly, freedom of speech is an inextricable aspect of a stable and order democratic society. Freedom of speech allows the one to speak his/her mind confidently, gives the free will or avenue to challenge the representatives of or the government (protests, written letter to the government), and/or in other words giving the community the reassurance that his/her voi...   [tags: Democracy, Human rights, Government, Religion]

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Democracy Outweighs The Other Forms of Goverment

- Even though democracy has been in existence since the ancient Greek, it rose to prominence in the twentieth century with a large number of countries shifting to democracy. This transition to democracy has sprung up a debate over its appropriateness as a system of government, with some supporting it as an ideal system while others coining it as the vilest form of government. Although it is argued that democracy and economic growth do not go hand in hand, nevertheless, democracy is not the vilest form of government because it provides better governance, protects individual liberty and rests sovereignty with the people....   [tags: ancient greek, transition to democracy]

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Plato 's Democracy

- Plato uses the ship analogy to demonstrate the paradox of democracy; as more power is distributed to create equality among people, desire for personal gains will lead to the worst of all regimes: tyranny. Plato suggests that regardless of people’s desire for equality and peace as they accept their fundamental functions within a society, democracy can easily turn into a tyranny if the rulers are trusted too much with deciding for large number of people, without any regulations. Plato claims that though democracy is flawed just like the other form of regimes, its transition into tyrannical state where a tyrant rules all without any consent of/for people, allows one to realize the importance of...   [tags: Democracy, Oligarchy, Tyranny of the majority]

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Representation of Citizens in Democracy

- One of the main arguments presented by Crick in In Defence of Politics is that politics is a realistic good necessary for well-organized governance. From my experiences in the field, I understand that democracy allows for differing interests and views to be heard in a diplomatic manner. While democracy elicits diverging ideas and opinions for people, citizens in a democratic state still understand their interests are often served through democratic values and equal representation in government affairs....   [tags: Internship Experiences]

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Democracy Is The Worst Form Of Government

- What is democracy. Democracy a form of government in which the people freely elect representatives to govern them in a country, democracy guarantees free and fair elections, basic personal and political rights and independent court of law. There are two types of democracy, direct and indirect democracy. Direct democracy or pure democracy is where there is direct participate of the people; people make decisions for them instead of letting them representative make decision for them. Indirect democracy the decisions are made by the representative on behalf of the people that voted for them....   [tags: election, representation, people, government]

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Democracy An American Novel, by Henry Adams

- In the late 1800’s, Henry Adams wrote Democracy An American Novel, in which he portrayed Washington society through the eyes of a wealthy young widow, Mrs. Madeline Lee, who is looking for the basis of American governmental power. In her search for the basis of power, Mrs. Lee encounters many facets of Washington society, such as the types of people who control the government. The novel moves beyond a simple plot and story and includes portrayals of the basic Washington types of people, Washington society, and Adams’ assumptions about American democracy....   [tags: democray, Henry Adams]

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The Government, Democracy, Social Contract, And Ontological Foundations

- ... The nation would be able to adapt to differences in society better and protect citizen rights more with the majority of the power under federal government control. Rousseau believed that a government was almost inevitable. He wanted a small government based on what the people wanted. He was worried that a large government would take away a lot of the rights of individuals. He wanted a government as small as a state or even a city. A size where people were able to keep their say about what to do....   [tags: Political philosophy, Democracy]

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The Internet and Democracy

- The topic of Internet voting is a controversial one, but as our society continues to advance I do not see why we should shy away from it. Internet voting will substantially increase voter participation, and ultimately reflect societies values more accurately with each election. We are at the height of the digital age, a closely integrated society where information is being commodified, and sold. This is referred to as an information economy, and it is a global epidemic that is only being made possible by our growing dependency on the Internet....   [tags: internet voting, digital age]

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Descriptive Representation Of The American Democracy

- Citizens of the United States rely heavily on their representatives to ensure that their concerns are heard, as well as that their needs are met. Descriptive and agency representation are two types of representation. Descriptive representation is the idea that one will get representation when they share characteristics with representatives such as race, religion, and gender (Conover, 10/13). This means that persons who have similar backgrounds and experiences should also have similar political preferences....   [tags: United States House of Representatives]

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Democracy

- Representation has been a core value of democracy; thus, industrialized nations who are democratic are very much interested in effectively practicing representation. California has been a state that has struggled with representing its residents. Lustig notes that the core of American democracy is representation. Witko emphasizes that the legislature is the most representative body of all the three branches for each legislator is suppose to represent their respective constituents. According to Lustig, California is currently experiencing a crisis of representation; although, California is experiencing a representation dilemma, it does not mean that California does not represent its residents....   [tags: Politics, Representation]

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Separation of Powers in the US Government

- The separation of power throughout the united states government prevents one part of the government from becoming so strong that it can infringe on the freedom of the governed (Bernstein 24). The united states government is a representative republic. A representative republic is a type of democracy where the people elect representatives to vote for them in the nations matters, rather than having every person vote on every single election and issue. The U.S. government is separated into three main branches, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial....   [tags: Representative Republic, Checks and Balances]

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Islam and Democracy

- Discuss the argument that characterise the debate about Islam and democracy Since the rise of the Islamic movements around the world especially in the Middle East and the current tension between Muslim and the Western countries in particular after 9/11, the different debates and arguments has been made by scholars, in particular Western intellectuals about the capability of the Islam to accept the principles of democracy. I will examine the relationship between Islam and politics, definition of Islam and democracy, the connection between Islamic teaching (Hadith and Quran) and Islamic movements and different perspectives of Islamists or Islamic countries....   [tags: islamic movements, middle east]

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Critiques of Democracy

- The various critiques of democratic theories and practices question the purpose and progress of political systems in carrying out promises for its citizens. Realists, such as Max Weber, argue that politics is exploitative because of its ability to perform both evil and good acts. Therefore, to study and endure political life is to know of the dangerous consequences it presents. Norberto Bobbio, a noted neorealist thinker, posits that democracy is represented as a struggle among groups and individuals for power and democracy....   [tags: Government, Politics]

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Democracy: An Analysis

- Winston Churchill once remarked that “democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”. In agreement with his statement, this paper will examine the problems of democratic governments using specific examples, and compare it to the failure of fascist governments in Nazi Germany and Italy and communist governments in the Soviet Union and China. Theoretically, democracy is a stable form of government where power is in the hands of the people. In a democracy, people have the liberty to elect officials that best represent their interests, and political institutions exist as a result: Benjamin Constant argues in The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of...   [tags: Analysis, Winston Churchill]

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Transition to Democracy

- Since the initiation of the Third Wave of Democracy, several countries have attempted to form a democratic system of governs. We take note that not all have succeeded. At the dawn of this era, democracy was being applied to countries with no prior history of a governing body that was place by the people for the people hence success of such a system could not be guaranteed because of the innumerous variables that existed in each country. People being the highlighted factor of variance, it may become easier to understand how countries such as Pakistan and Nigeria, both countries prior to the Wave had no local governing machinery....   [tags: Political Science]

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Do we Aspire to Democracy, or is Democracy Something Achieved?

- There are various systems of governance, namely democracy, autocratic, authoritarian, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannical, totalitarian, absolutist, traditional, monarchic, oligarchic, plutocratic, aristocratic, and sultanistic. Of all the systems of governance named democracy is the only system which takes into consideration the rights of the people. All the other forms, power is given to individual or individuals, because of wealth or birthright. Democracy according to Dahl “is a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected representative”, (4)....   [tags: system of governance,liberation,soverighty]

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Mill´s Construction on Representative Government

- ... By valuing the passive quality of political participation over its active quality, he underhandedly undermines the practice of democracy; education need not amount to any influence on the exercise of authority. Surreptitiously, Mill claims democratic influence on the exercise of authority is great theoretically, but only theoretically; practical influence on the exercise of authority must be left to the “specially trained and experienced few” of “superior minds.” Mill openly champions representative government – government in which people rule through their representatives – as the best form of government....   [tags: democratic, government, authority, political]

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Promoting Democracy in the Middle East

- I negate the resolution U.S efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East are desirable. The value that I hold in this round is autonomy. Autonomy is defined as the power or right of a country or region to govern itself. When practicing autonomy it serves as a model for the people whose interests are reflected in the principles of government. The criterion held in this round is individualism. The Middle East should be allowed to follow by their own government. Political individualism is purely concerned with protecting a country’s autonomy....   [tags: elections, contention, government]

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Democracy Of The United States

- Although there are many different forms of democracy, in a true democracy the power is in the hands of the people. In a representative democracy the nations “restrict popular decision making to electing or appointing officials who make public policy” (Text, 4). According to this definition, democracy is a form of government in which power and responsibility reside with those who have been appointed to make decisions for the good of the whole. The United States of America is said to be run through the process of representative democracy....   [tags: United States, President of the United States]

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How Effective was Athenian Democracy?

- Plan of Investigation Between the years of 508 BCE and 322 CE, Greece flourished under democracy. However, some question if the flourishing of Athens is due to the democracy that was in place as opposed to other factors relevant in building a successful community. This investigation will examine the effectiveness of Athenian democracy in Greek society. Relevance of Athenian democracy can be seen in foundation of many democracies found worldwide. In this investigation the right to vote, protection of minorities, use of social class, the structure of democracy and how Greek democracy has influenced the world will be addressed....   [tags: right to vote, minorities]

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Islam and Democracy: Mutually Exclusive?

- The September 11th terrorist attacks unleashed unimaginable devastation upon the United States and subsequently upon the Arab-Islamic world. While the government of the United States scrambled jets and prepared soldiers for war, there was another battle, arguably more important than the war the United States was preparing to wage. This battle was waged not on battlefields but in classrooms, between scholars who struggled to define and rectify the democratic deficit in the Muslim world. Theories have been offered ranging from Islam and democracy being diametrically opposed, all the way to Islam considering democracy, or democratic principles, as essential....   [tags: Religion]

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California's Direct Means of Democracy

- California is a democratic republic consisting of three branches of government. The first is the executive branch, i.e. the governor and a group of elected constitutional officers. Second is the judicial branch which consists of the Supreme Court of California and the various local courts. Officials are appointed by the Governor and ratified in the next general election. The third branch of government in California is the legislative branch. It is a bicameral body which includes California’s Senate and Assembly....   [tags: Prop 19]

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Direct Democracy and Athens

- ... ( Pericles funeral oration p.4) This quote means Athens are the model and the teacher of all Greece city state and also their man had different and god gave them different abilities for them, in other word their citizen had distinct. The second one is their building. That means they were highly in architecture. For instance, “ Athenian architecture was of the most important types of art that still survive, which like anthills, are strong and sturdy. This form of art was extinct in Greece from the end of the Mycenaean period, which is about 1200 B.C....   [tags: history of good government]

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Roots of American Democracy

- America is a country whose emergence is contributed to many sources. More specifically, the American form of Democracy stretch back beyond the formation of the United States, having origin in ancient Greek thinking, the Enlightenment, as well as the English and their injustice, The United States owes its birth as a country to many areas of influence. The Ancient Greeks were the first to put the power of a nation in the hands of the average citizen, they created the idea of the democratic government, practiced as a direct democracy....   [tags: american government]

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Roots of American Democracy

- When referring to classical antiquity period, most think of Greece and Rome dominating and flourishing in the areas of philosophy, sciences, mathematics and literature. One other admirable achievement, the establishment of early forms of democracy, came from this time period and should not be overlooked as it is the historical basis of our government today. The Founding Fathers of the United States were influenced by Greek and Roman concepts in law, government structure, and even philosophy. Concepts described in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States can be traced back historically to the classical antiquity period, and show that the United States governme...   [tags: Government]

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Key Elements of Representative Government

- Key Elements of Representative Government For democratic decision-making to function effectively, there are specific elements that are outlined in the key elements of representative government. These include: * The rule of law * Universal franchise and regular elections * One vote one value and secret ballot * Payment of members of parliament * Parliamentary privilege * Rights to protest, association and political expression * Open parliamentary debates * Separation of powers The rule of law states that citizens must have equal standing before the law, to stand for election and to vote....   [tags: Papers]

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Democracy in the UK

- Democracy in the UK Direct democracy comprises a form of democracy and theory of civics where all citizens can directly participate in the decision-making process. Direct democracy in its traditional form is rule by the people through referenda. The people are given the right to pass laws, veto laws and withdraw support from a representative at any time. In the United States when specific direct democracy issues, other than the election of representatives, reach a local- or state-level ballot, they are commonly referred to by local and state governments as "ballot questions" or "ballot measures"....   [tags: Papers]

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Democracy

- Democracy has become the most widespread political form of government during the past decade, after the fall of all its alternatives. During the second part of the 20th century, the 3 main enemies of democracy, namely communism, fascism and Nazism, lost most of their power and influence. However, democracy is still only to be found in less than half of this world's countries. China with a fifth of the total population "had never experienced a democratic government" and Russia still doesn't have a well established democracy....   [tags: Politics Political Democracy]

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Modern Democracy

- In 1947, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill, articulated a scathing opinion of the global political spectrum in the post-war era after witnessing the fall of European fascism in Germany and Italy as well as the impending rise of communism. He remarked, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” This essay agrees vehemently with Churchill’s assertion that democracy – for all of its faults – was, and still is, the world’s preeminent form of government when compared with all other alternatives, notably fascism and communism....   [tags: Political Science]

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Evaluating the European Union in Terms of Democracy

- The European Union (EU), since the initial foundation in 1952 as the European Coal and Steel Community and throughout periods of development, has been considered one of the most advanced forms of regional integration. Based on numerous terms and treaties, it has strived to promote values such as peace, cooperation or democracy, and in 2012 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having “contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe” (Nobel Media AB, 2012)....   [tags: forms of regional integration]

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Role of Public Service Broadcasting in Democracy

- “The concept of needing a license to watch television is probably pretty damn bizarre to anyone outside the UK but it is, unfortunately, a cold hard fact here. The sole purpose of said license is to fund the BBC,… So what do you get for £121.00 a year. Rubbish, that's what. Countless gardening, cooking and DIY programs, and enough God-awful nature shows to turn a die-hard vegan into a ferocious carnivore. Oh sure there are a few decent documentaries, an occasional film that's worth watching and there are some pretty good history programs now and then, but hey, I can see that stuff on the other channels too!"....   [tags: PSB, BBC, Conflict, Public]

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Proportional Representation Voting Should Be Enforced in Democratic States

- The concept of representation in a political state that embraces a democratic system is determined by its capability to include a plurality of views when creating legislation. Election systems in a democratic government should, thus, aid and enforce the proportional representation of most politically active members of the state. As depicted by the International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA), “The purpose of an election is to translate the freely expressed political will of the people into a workable representative institution […] a government (i) must accurately represent the population and (ii) must be able to govern effectively.”(IDEA) These premises of a democrati...   [tags: Proportional Representation, Voting, Democracy, US]

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Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

- Democracy in America has been a guiding principle since the foundation of the country. Many over the years have commented on the structure and formation of democracy but more importantly the implementation and daily function within the democratic parameters that have been set. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian born July 29, 1805. He is most famously known for his work Democracy in America. Democracy in America has been an evolving social and economic reform, and has continually changed since it’s founding....   [tags: Political Science]

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Democracy in Britain

- Democracy in Britain The definition of democracy is 'rule by the people', or 'the power of the people'. The 'demos' comes from the ancient Greek, it is the people and 'kratos' is to rule. Democracy today has come to mean the decisions arrived by the majority (or a simple majority), the right of every citizen to vote and hold office, and the duty of all citizens to participate actively in the system. So in an undefined sense, political power is ultimately in the hands of the whole adult population, and no smaller group has the right to rule....   [tags: Papers]

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UK as a Strong Liberal Democracy

- UK as a Strong Liberal Democracy A liberal democracy is a representative system with some of the same characteristics as a representative democracy as it has free elections and decisions are made based on popular command. But a representative democracy can therefore be seen as elitist as a small number of people govern the majority. Whereas a liberal democracy includes the ideas of having varied focuses of political and economic power, an open government which is fair and responsible and an independent judiciary system....   [tags: Free Essays]

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An Alternative Democracy Other than Liberal and Social Democracies?

- Most of the nations of the world have a government based on either Liberal or Social Democracy. Liberal Democracy is defined as a representative form of entity that values on individual liberties and a free market economy. The United States is the prime example of a Liberal Democracy. Social Democracy is also a representative entity which the government provides certain entitlements such as Universal Healthcare and education. The free market economies in social democracies are heavily regulated which includes high taxation....   [tags: govenrment types and systems]

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Plato's Concept of Democracy and Justice

- Book one of Plato's Republic examines the concept of democracy and justice. Thrasymachus, the Sophist declares that justice is the advantage of the stronger, whereas Socrates argues that justice is wisdom, something good and desirable. According to this in Athenian times, a democracy could not survive with out a system of justice in place. This still holds true in the contemporary Western world. Throughout the dialogue of book one, Socrates, Cephalus, Polemarchus and Thrasymachus are trying to reach a definition of justice....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Effects of Political Parties on a Democracy

- The Effects of Political Parties on a Democracy There are indeed several aspects in the composition of political parties that threaten democracy in the UK, whilst other aspects may promote democracy. Careful analysis must be done in order to establish to what extent either is true. On the one hand, it may be argued that parties in fact promote democracy for a variety of reasons. Firstly, they assist the electorate by offering them a coherent choice, allowing people to vote democratically....   [tags: Papers]

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Democracy

- Democracy I. Meaning of Democracy II. Summary of Places and Dates III. Features of Democracy IV. Types of Democracy V. Early Democracy A. Athens B. Rome VI. Middle Ages and England VII. The Renaissance A. United States of America B. France VIII. Modern Times IX. Important People      Demos Kratia, or democracy, as it is used today, means “ the people rule.” A democracy is a form of government is run by the people of that country through elections and representation. A democracy is really a form of a republic known as a democratic republic....   [tags: Politics Democratic Republic]

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The Emergence of Liberal Democracy in Britain

- The Emergence of Liberal Democracy in Britain Liberal democracy, a political system characterised by freedom of expression and education, free elections, universal suffrage and a multiplicity of political parties, political decisions made through an independent governing body, and an independent judiciary, with a state monopoly on law enforcement (Elkin, 1985. p.1-8), became a central element of political discourse and struggle in the 19th century. It was an age of intense debate and battles over the relationship between state and civil society and proper distribution of political power between and within both....   [tags: Papers]

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Development of Democracy in Athens

- Development of Democracy in Athens Democracy comes from two Greek words: a noun demos which means, "people" and a verb, kratein, which means "to rule" (Ober 120). Democracy first appeared in Athens towards the beginning of the fifth century B.C. The biggest difference between Athenian democracy and almost all other democracies is that the Athenian version was a direct democracy rather than being representative. Democracy came about in Athens as a result of the growing navel power and the reforms made by leaders such as Cleisthenes and Pericles....   [tags: Papers]

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Growth of Democracy in Ancient Greece

- As we have seen it, it was the Greeks who gave the Western world the growth of democracy. Greek democracy happened when Greece actually became a cosmopolitan culture. Their democracy was a direct democratic system rather than a representative one. They believed that individuals should be free as long as they acted within the laws of Greece. This allowed them the opportunity to excel in any direction they chose. Individuality, as the Greeks viewed it, was the basis of their society. The citizens' views in Greece were all part of the polis....   [tags: World History]

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Democracy

- Democracy may be a word familiar to most, but still I would like to mention the fact that demos means pertaining to people and kratios means to rule. Thus this word original coined by the Greeks means rule of people as a whole and not by an individual or a privileged soul. It is a concept still misunderstood and misused in some parts of the world where totalitarian regimes and dictatorships have witnessed popular support by usurping democratic labels like in Iraq and Pakistan. By the dictionary definition, democracy is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis of Liberalism and Democracy

- Analysis of Liberalism and Democracy Liberalism has an ambivalent relationship with democracy, as liberals are against collective power, but support political equality. In the nineteenth century liberals were often opposed to democracy as they saw it as a threat to individual rights - the people are not a single entity but rather a collection of individuals with different opinions and interests, and so it is impossible for every view and opinion to be respected. Since the twentieth century most liberals have come round to the idea of democracy, and support it, but they still have reservations....   [tags: Papers]

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Britain and Its Level of Democracy

- Britain and Its Level of Democracy Democracy is a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them. We say that Britain is a democracy; every four years we elect politicians to represent our views and opinions. But given that the majority of politicians are white, middle age, middle class men how can we say that they are truly representative of the entire population. Is Britain a true democracy when only 59% of the people vote....   [tags: Papers]

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Liberalism, Civic Reformism and Democracy

- Liberalism, Civic Reformism and Democracy This paper argues that liberalism provides democracy with the experience of civic reformism. Without it, democracy loses any tie-argumentative or practical-to a coherent design of public policy endeavoring to provide the resources for the realization of democratic citizenship. The case for liberalism rests on an argumentative reconstruction of the function it performs before the rise of a world economic order and, more specifically, in the creation of the welfare state after the Second World War....   [tags: Argumentative Argument Government Papers]

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Removal of the Canadian Senate in 21st Century Democracy

- In 2012, the Canadian Senate became embroiled in a scandal that is still ongoing, and still having an effect on Canadian political life today. At times in the 20th century, there have been calls for the reform, or even the abolition of the Senate completely. The current scandal has resulted a renewal of the frequent calls for reform that have frequently accompanied the many questionable actions of Senators. The structure of the Senate, and its outdated rules of appointment and procedure are also frequently the target of reformers in Canada....   [tags: Scandal, Politics, Government]

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Athenian definition of democracy

- Discuss the Athenian definition of democracy. Is the city state the only kind of state in which true democracy can exist. What happens to democracy when it is applied to a society with a large dispersed population. What are other examples of democratic societies besides Athens. Compare and contrast Athenian democracy with American democracy. Is the United States a democracy in the classical sense of the word. The ancient Greek word "demokratia" was ambiguous. It met literally "people power"....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Democracy Movements in China

- Democracy Movements in China Democracy Movements in China Democracy Wall In 1978, stimulated by the opening of China to the West and also by the "reversal of verdicts" against the 1976 Tiananmen protesters (These demonstrations against the gang of four had been condemned as counter-revolutionary at the time but were now declared a revolutionary act), thousands of Chinese began to put their thoughts into words, their words onto paper and their paper onto walls to be read by passers by. The most famous focus of these displays became a stretch of blank wall just to the west of the former forbidden city in Beijing, part of which was now a museum and park and part the cluster of residences for...   [tags: Papers]

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Republicanism and Direct Democracy

- Republicanism and direct democracy, these are two ways that a people can be governed. There is a major difference between these two systems. In a republican system the government represents the people. The representatives are chosen by popular vote and are given the power to make decisions on behalf of the people. The people do not get to voice their own opinions, the best they can do is vote for their representative and hope he wins. This can also be referred to as indirect democracy. Direct democracy which was exemplified in the ancient Athenian city-state, or the New England town meeting in modern times, is a government based solely on the people....   [tags: Politics]

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Nationalism and Democracy

- Nationalism has played a crucial role in world history over the past centuries. It continues to do so today. For many, nationalism is indelibly associated with some of the worst aspects of modern history, such as the destructive confidence of the Napoleon’s army and the murderous pride of Nazi Germany. Large numbers of people, descent in their hearts, have carried out unbelievable atrocities for no better reason than their nation required them to. Authoritarian and totalitarian regime have crushed dissent, eliminated opposition, and trampled on civil liberties in the name of the nation....   [tags: Government]

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Democracy and Majoritarianism

- Democracy and how the government is run are behind theories. Majoritarianism is a theory of what both political scientist and ordinary citizens think the democracy should be. Unfortunately this is known as a poor way to find out data for elections through pulling data from Americans that may not be interested in politics or are unaware of the system. “Elite theory holds that society is ruled by small number of people who exercise power to further their own self-interest” (Schmidt, Shelley, & Bardes, 2011)....   [tags: Political Science]

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Liberal Democracy

- Liberal democracy Introduction To begin with Francis Fukuyama's, provocative thesis, that after the fall of communism in Europe and the withering of the grand ideological contests, history too has ended. In his "end of history" theory, he maintained that the western liberal democracy had become the `final form of human government'. The fact is that though not all theorists have this kind of a faith in liberal democracy, and believe that it's not the only feasible form of democracy, they are in a minority....   [tags: Politics]

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Digital Democracy

- Digital Democracy Over the years the media has made citizens major role players in politics. Ross Perot opened eyes by putting the 1992 Election in the media and thereby allowing voters to become directly involved in politics. The Internet, the new form of mass media “has turned into a major political and media industry” (Grossman 16). Because of the rise the Internet has taken, the idea of direct democracy has risen. The foundation of direct democracy is in self-government. The claim is that the presence of the Internet will increase citizens’ involvement in political issues by allowing them access to more information....   [tags: Politics Media Internet Technology Essays]

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America's Democracy

- America's Democracy The United States of America is a republic, or representative democracy. Democracy, a word that comes to us from Greek, literally means the people rule (Romance, July 8). This broad definition leaves unanswered a few important details such as who are the people, how shall they rule, and what should they rule on (July 8). Defining the answers to those questions means defining a model for a democratic system. William E. Hudson defines four such models in his book American Democracy in Peril: the Protective, Developmental, Pluralist, and Participatory models of democracy (Hudson, 8-19)....   [tags: Government Politics Essays]

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Colonial Democracy?

- Did democracy exist in the colonies during the eighteenth century before the American Revolution. Democracy is rule by the people, simply put. This on a large scale is nearly impossible. How could all the people of America, then or now, or even of a decent size town today all come together to vote on issues. We today have a representative Democracy, which in itself is a logistical compromise on a true democracy. In analyzing the government they had in the colonies and comparing it to the “Democracy” that we have today there are enough similarities that I would have to call the form of colonial government Democratic....   [tags: essays research papers]

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