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Unformatted text preview: DEMOCRACY DEMOCRACY DEFINING DEMOCRACY Essence of Democracy is POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY popular sovereignty = the people rule Two methods by which "the people can rule" 1. Directly 2. Indirectly = Direct Democracy (aka The Classical or Greek Conception) a. collective decision-making b. participatory = Representative Democracy (aka liberal democracy) The people choose their rulers-- they do not themselves rule = Dahl's "Polyarchy" REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY Competition among potential officials for the right to hold office, and thereby wield the authority and power of the state Selection of officials takes place through contested elections, and the right to represent adheres in the number of votes obtained. The articulation and organization of political interests, and the transmission of politically relevant information, takes place autonomously from the state (outside the control of government officials). Elements Three Essential For popular sovereignty to exist within a system of representative democracy, the people must be free from the control of officialdom in the articulation, organization, and mobilization of their own perceived political interests.perceived political interests....
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10 DEMOCRACY - DEMOCRACY DEMOCRACY DEFINING DEMOCRACY...

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