Advantages And Disadvantages Of Political Participation

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Political participation takes many forms. From being active in one’s political party, to joining an interest group, to simply putting your ballot in to be counted; all of these forms of participation in government aids in democracy. Political leadership often faces an uphill battle in shaping policy, as they are tasked with trying to interpret public opinions into policy outcomes which relies heavily on political participation and voting. For example, in Germany many of these policy makers are elected directly by the people and there are some elected by parties. This allows for a wider range of influence by voters as they can vote for a political party which holds many of the same ideas as them, as well as vote for a specific candidate to represent …show more content…
These sources of political participation in Germany have a unique system which encourages participation in government in many forms such as party membership, institutionalized interest groups, and making conscious voting choices. These structural forms of political participation allow voters to have a greater voice in policy making as well as promote issues that are important to the public. Although Germans have many outlets of governmental participation through elections, interest groups, and parties, there are some disadvantages to their forms of political and interest representation.
Political participation in the form of voting is extremely popular in Germany as “voting affords the German citizen the major formal means of influence in the policy making process” Germany uses a complex electoral system called mixed member proportional, which is a mixture of pure proportional representation and single district representation. This allows for having both personal representation in the lower house of parliament, the Bundesrat, while having proportional representation via parties in the upper house,

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