Negatives Of Direct Democracy

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Democracy is a political system in which the people have the power to rule the government. Citizens can influence and affect the decisions made by the government, directly or indirectly. The country we live in is a representative democracy, where we indirectly affect our government. Citizens elect an official that represents their population in governmental decisions and political issues. On the other hand, in a direct democracy each individual represents himself and can directly participate in governmental decisions without depending on an elected official. Governmental control is placed “in the hands of the people themselves”, assuming that the public is well informed to “make wise decisions on political matters, whether through referenda, town meetings, citizen initiatives, or other direct means” (Dalton, et al.). In this essay I will be discussing the positives and negatives of a direct democracy, and comparing it to a representative democracy. In an …show more content…
They have the power to either improve or worsen society. One of the disadvantages of this form of government is that “it must reduce all decisions to simple yes-or-no alternatives” (Dalton, et al.). Every citizen is able to participate, and this makes it difficult to come to an agreement. This can also lead to tension amongst opposing sides. The government proceeds with the majority rule, leaving little room for compromise. Another important argument against direct democracy to consider is the fact that every citizen has an equal say, despite their knowledge in the matter. For example, an individual with minimal knowledge or experience has the same power as an educated professional. It raises the question about “how citizens will actually perform in an expanded democratic role”. There is no guarantee that given the power to influence the government, citizens will have the right knowledge and understanding on the decisions they

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