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
... In his 1949 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 ...
List Of Political Parties In Slovenia - Current Parties in Parliament
... Slovenia PS Social liberalism, Social democracy Zoran Janković 0 ... Slovenian Democratic Party SDS Liberal conservatism Janez Janša 3 ... Social Democrats SD Social democracy Borut ...
Democracy - Development
... historical and social factors supporting the evolution of democracy ... Cultural factors like Protestantism influenced the development of democracy, rule of law, human rights and political liberty (the faithful elected priests, religious ... on self-expression values, which is highly correlated to democracy ...
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 ...
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, education, and celebration of Canadian democracy ... 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 calendar week in which ...

More definitions of "democracy":

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

Famous quotes containing the word democracy:

    In a democracy—even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-élitist one—the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923)

    As for piracy, I love to be pirated. It is the greatest compliment an author can have. The wholesale piracy of Democracy was the single real triumph of my life. Anyone may steal what he likes from me.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)