Pols 102 Notes Aug. 28

Pols 102 Notes Aug. 28 - The Concept of Democracy •...

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The Concept of Democracy Autocracy – government by a single person who is not elected in any meaningful way. Oligarchy – government by a small group of people who are not elected in any meaningful way. Democracy – Participatory (Direct) – the citizens are the government, they make the decisions that affect their lives/community. There is no middle man. No country today is a participatory democracy. The closest thing is the New England town meetings. Every year citizens come together and vote for items for the next year; not a full participatory democracy, not pure. The board makes decisions in between annual meetings. Representative – citizens decide who the deciders will be; elective representative. Democracy as a process – not about what gets decided but how it gets decided. Six criteria: no democracy meets all the conditions, just an ideal model. 1. Everyone had the opportunity to vote : we set limits; 18 and older, not able to vote if on prison, and you have to have state/interest in community. Limitations are imposed.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 102 taught by Professor Hammock during the Fall '08 term at WVU.

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