Democracy is a type of government characterized by a "rule of the people." In most democracies, citizens are equal and have the ability to vote for their political leaders.

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Why Athenian democracy was limited?

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First, it was limited when established by Cleisthenes in 5008 BCE to landowners (they had a personal stake in good government). When Ephialtes restored democracy in 460 BCE after the Oligarchs had made a comeback during the Persian War he expanded it with the full male populace voting in assembly on issued put to it. Then Pericles radicalised it with the Assembly making all decisions and the Council carrying them out between the fortnightly meetings.

Where is democracy?

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not in America its a republic

What type of democracy governs the United states?

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The United States is a Representative Democracy.

Is Brazil a presidential democracy?

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Yes, Brazil is a Democratic. With over 100 million voters, Brazil is one of the biggest democracies in the world. Voting in Brazil is not only a right, it is a duty.

When did Chile begin to have a democracy?

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Democracy was restored in Chile as follows:

=>Salvador Allende was the president of Chile.

=> On 11 September ,1973,military coup took place in which his government was

overthrown by the military,led by General Augusto Pinochet

=> After this,Pinochet became the president of Chile and ruled it for the next 17 years.

=>Thus,military dictatorship was established in Chile.

=>His ,-Pinochet's government torured and killed severalof those whowanted democrac

to be restored..

=>His military dictatorship came to an end after he decided to hold a referendum in 1988.

=>He felt confident that in his referendum,the people would say yes to his continuing


=>But the people of a Chile had not forgotten their democratic traditions.their vote was a

decisive no to Pinochet.

=>This led to Pinochet losing first his political and then his military powers.

=>Political freedom was restored.

=>Since then Chile has held 4 presidential elections in which different political parties

have participated.

=>Slowly,the army's role in the country's government has been eliminated.

=>Elected governments that came to power ordered inquiries into Pinochet's rule.These

inquiries into Pinochet's rule.These inquiries showed that his government was not only

very brutal but also very corrupt.

What is the difference between the direct democracy of Athens and representative democracy of the US?

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In Athens the citizens met in fortnightly assembly and made decisions which the Council implemented between meetings. In the Us, the citizens elect congressmen, who meet in Washington, and follow partly lines which do not necessarily reflect the wishes of the citizens who elected them.

How is athenian democracy different from American democracy?

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In Ancient Athens, they did not allow women and slaves to vote. But in the U.S, all the citizens (over 18 of course) have the right to vote. the democracy that we are provided in the USA is what's called representative Democracy. in Athens it was much less representative and considerably more hands-on... sort of "hey, let's just vote on that law" kinda thing.

What are the main issues that the Democratic Party focuses on?

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The main goal of the Democratic Party is to bring up a new breed of democratic activists. This is aimed at promoting democracy in the country.

Who was the democratic candidate 12004?

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If you mean 2004, it was John Kerry.

What are the different methods of power sharing in India?

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Power Sharing: Power sharing is the very spirit of democracy. A democratic rule involves sharing

power with those affected by its exercise, and who have to live with its effects. All communities,

social groups get their say in the governance. People have a right to be consulted on how they

are to be governed. A legitimate government is one where citizens, through participation, acquire

a stake in the system.

Power Sharing in India: India is a democratic country. People of India elect their representative

through direct franchise and representatives elect the government to make or amend rules &

regulations and to carry out day to day functioning of governance.

One basic principle of democracy is that people are the source of all political power. In a

democracy, people rule themselves through institutions of self-governance. In a good democratic

government, due respect is given to diverse groups and views that exist in a society. Everyone

has a voice in the shaping of public policies. Therefore, it follows that in a democracy political

Forms of power sharing power should be distributed among as many citizens as possible.

Forms of Power Sharing:

Power Sharing in Different Organs of Government:

Power is shared among different organs of government, such as the legislature, executive and

judiciary. Let us call this horizontal distribution of power because it allows different organs

of government placed at the same level to exercise different powers. Such a separation ensures

that none of the organs can exercise unlimited power. Each organ checks the others. This results

in a balance of power among various institutions. For example, ministers and government officials

exercise power, they are responsible to the Parliament or State Assemblies. Similarly, judges can

check the functioning of executive or laws made by the legislatures. This arrangement is called a

system of checks and balances.

Power Sharing at Different Levels:

Power can be shared among governments at different levels - a general government for the entire

country and governments at the provincial or regional level. Such a general government for the

entire country is usually called federal government. In India, we refer to it as the Central or Union

Government. The governments at the provincial or regional level are called by different

names in different countries. In India, we call them State Governments. State Governments and

Central Government have their distinct areas to exercise power. This is called federal division of


Power Sharing Among Social Groups:

Power may also be shared among different social groups, such as the religious and linguistic

groups. Indian constitution has provision for reservation of different communities like minorities,

OBCs, SC & ST and women. This is done to ensure their adequate representation in the

Government machinery.

Power Sharing Among Various Pressure Groups:

Power sharing arrangements can also be seen in the way political parties, pressure groups and

movements control or influence those in power. In a democracy, the citizens must have freedom

to choose among various contenders for power. In contemporary democracies this takes the form

of competition among different parties. Such competition ensures that power does not remain in

one hand. In the long run power is shared among different political parties that represent different

ideologies and social groups. Sometimes this kind of sharing can be direct, when two or more

Finish Line & Beyondparties form an alliance to contest elections. If their alliance is elected, they form a coalition

government and thus share power. In a democracy, we find interest groups such as those of

traders, businessmen, industrialists, farmers and industrial workers. They also will have a share in

governmental power, either through participation in governmental committees or bringing

influence on the decision making process.

Was Lyndon B. Johnson at the 1968 democratic convention?

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he 1968 Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago and Hubert H. Humphrey was selected as the presidential candidate. But the was a great deal of dissension inside the convention over the Vietnam War. There were also bloody antiwar demonstrations on the streets and in the parks of Chicago. (link)

Which is the better party between the Democrats and the Republicans?

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they're both lousy candidates that can get anything done should only answer to the people not a party (Imo)

Is Canada a social democracy?

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Canada is an independent constitutional monarchy, a confederation with parliamentary democracy. So yes it is a democracy.

Canada is a democracy which practices the Parliamentary system of gouvernment and have elected members of parliament (MP). Canada has political parties and the head of gouvernment is the Prime Minister. The current Prime Minister is the Right Honourable Stephen Harper.
Yes it is.

Why secularism is important for a democratic country?

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In a democratic country like India, with its multi lingual and multi racial character, secularism is the best option. Under secularism, right to practice religious rituals by peoples from all religions is allowed to exercise without any obstacle or hindrance. Whereas in autocracy, right to religious practice is curtailed specially for the minority communities. Even in Government services, college, university admission, there is reservation for minority community candidates. There is no discrimination of any sort on religious grounds. In view of the above, secularism is vital for a democratic country.

Is Canada's democracy representative or direct?

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Oh yes, we still have elections in Canada, and we elect members of Parliament to represent the voters.

How to describe the Democratic party?

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The Republican and Democratic parties do exist to maintain their own power.

What is nation is the world's largest democracy?

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because it has not been long before in became a new country

What are the pillars of democracy in Nigeria?

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Transparency, accountability

What statement accurately describes how a historical society influenced the development of democracy?

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Citizens in ancient Greek city states developed ideas about representation that established direct democracy

What option best summarized what is expected of citizens in a democracy?

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To play an active role in selecting government leaders

What is the main way a representative democracy differs from a direct democracy?

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Representative democracy is a form of democracy in which people vote for representatives who then vote on policy initiatives; as opposed to direct democracy, a form of democracy in which people vote on policy initiatives directly.

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Why did the Founding Fathers distrust democracy?

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As they say, "A direct democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner." I like that in a representative republic, you let some chosen by the most people go to the capital and do research on things, meet with other representatives, and decide your future based on the expertise that they get that simply is not available to all of us citizens. Of course, you can now also have your future decided by which representatives are paid by the Red Chinese, the labor unions and other non-American entities.

Is England a democracy?

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The United Kingdom is a Parliamentary Democracy with a Monarch as Head of State. The current Monarch is Queen Elizabeth the Second. Parliament is a body of elected Members. The party that elects the most Members forms the Government, and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister selects his cabinet from the elected Members of his party, and they are called Ministers, and they run various departments of the Government.

The other parties that did not win the election form the Loyal Opposition, and their job is to suggest reforms or ammedments to the bills of law brought forward by the Government party. Bills are debated and sent back for changes, after the First Reading. Committees discuss changes and forward the proposed bill to the House, where it is debated again and then voted on. At Third reading, a bill becomes law if a majority of Members vote in favour of it.

The duty of the Monarch is to be a watchful and prudent protector of the rights of the people. She is consulted on matters of national security and finance, but she does NOT intervene in the day to day running of the nation.

The term of a Government is limited by the number of years it may rule (up to 5 years) and the concept of "having the confidence of the House, and its members. A Government in the U.K. may fall on a "Vote Of Non-Confidence" which can happen if enough Opposition members vote against the Government party. This results in a General Election, where all the citizens over 18 can vote for the candidate of their choice in their local district. Voters vote by secret ballot and the results are known the following day, after the election.

The leader of the winning party visits the Monarch, and is invited to form the next Government.