What is democracy?

  • (noun): A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
    Synonyms: republic, commonwealth
    See also — Additional definitions below

Democracy

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

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Ivan Ilyin - Doctrine - Democracy and Totalitarianism in Russia
... article Ilyin argued against both totalitarianism and "formal" democracy in favor of a "third way" of building a state in Russia, Facing this creative task, appeals of foreign parties to formal ...
Fair Vote Canada - Democracy Day
... Main article Democracy Day (Canada) On August 2, 2011, Fair Vote Canada launched Democracy Day and Democracy Week in Canada annual events encouraging participation ... Fair Vote Canada designated Democracy Day to be Canada's celebration of the United Nations International Day of Democracy and Democracy Week to be the seven-day ...
History Of Thailand Since 1973 - Democracy
... Although legal, Sonthi, his Peoples Alliance for Democracy, and the opposition claimed that the tax-free sale was immoral ...
List Of Political Parties In Slovenia - Current Parties in Parliament
... Positive Slovenia PS Social liberalism, Social democracy Zoran Janković 0 ... Slovenian Democratic Party SDS Liberal conservatism Janez Janša 3 ... Social Democrats SD Social ...
Democracy - Development
... and social factors supporting the evolution of democracy ... Protestantism influenced the development of democracy, rule of law, human rights and political liberty (the faithful elected priests, religious freedom ... emphasis on self-expression values, which is highly correlated to democracy ...

More definitions of "democracy":

  • (noun): The political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives.
  • (noun): The doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group.
    Synonyms: majority rule

Famous quotes containing the word democracy:

    If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place.... The flag and the Constitution stand for democracy and not tyranny, for freedom, not subjection.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    When people generally are aware of a problem, it can be said to have entered the public consciousness. When people get on their hind legs and holler, the problem has not only entered the public consciousness—it has also become a part of the public conscience. At that point, things in our democracy begin to hum.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911–1978)