Democracy – Representative

Of the various forms of Democracy, Representative Democracy is the main style of democracy found in Western Governments. It is founded on the principles of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to Direct Democracy. Thus, representative democracy moves decision making away from the direct control of citizens and into the hands of representatives who, relying on their own judgement and expertise, supposedly make politics more open and tolerant and policy more effective.

Some argue that Direct Democracy would be more democratic than a representative system. For strict believers in Direct Democracy, democracy requires the active involvement and participation of all of us in political decision making all of the time.