Representative Democracy

Representative Democracy

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  • What is Representative Democracy?
  • What is the world's strongest democracies?
  • What are the Pros?
  • Representative democracy is a type of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy. It is a limited
  • What are the cons?
  • 1. Norway ; 2. Iceland ; 3. Sweden ; 4. New Zealand ; 5.  Denmark ; 6. Canada ; 7. Ireland ; 8. Switzerland ; 9. Finland ; 10. Australia 
  • How did it all start?
  • 1. It is efficient ; 2. It can come up with a well-balanced decision ; 3. It lets the people elect their officials ; 4. It ensures better citizen representation ; 5. It makes it easier for the government to address problems ; 6. It encourages participation 
  • How does it work?
  • 1. It is misplaced trust ; 2. It allows representatives to end up not serving their jurisdiction well ; 3. It can encourage representatives to be deceptive ; 4. It is for the majority ; 5. It does not hold the elected official accountable.
  • Direct democracy is a system of governance that started in ancient Athens, around 508 BCE. In it, all eligible citizens vote on decisions for the government rather than relying on representatives. A representative democracy, by contrast, is one in which voters select representatives who vote on their behalf
  • Representative governments are the cornerstone of democratic political systems because they allow citizens to decide who will speak and act on their behalf in the larger government
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