direct vs. indirect democracy

direct vs. indirect democracy - Conceptualizing Democracy...

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Conceptualizing Democracy The word “Democracy” is derived from Greek words “demos” (people) and “kratos” (authority) this differs from other forms of government such as authoritarian regimes (rule by one) or oligarchies (rule by the few) Democracy may come in both direct and indirect forms In most cases we use an indirect (republic) form of democracy--whereby representatives are elected to serve the interests of the people
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Conceptualizing Democracy Joseph Schumpeter “The democratic method is that institutional arrangement for arriving at political decisions in which individuals (leaders) acquire power to decide by means of a competitive struggle for the people’s vote.” » Source (Lipset, 1994) Here, Schumpeter highlights the importance of elections in a democratic system
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The Importance of Elections U.S. today has about 500,000 elected officials (federal, state, and local levels) Elections connect citizens to their elected leaders and help express public demands
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