What Are The Arguments Against Participatory Democracy

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Currently in America, representative democracy is the governing system. In representative democracy, elected officials decide on the majority of important decisions in America. There is, however, another system called participatory democracy that some say may be an important change for America’s society. Participatory democracy is a system favoring much more involvement with the citizens and less dependence on elected officials (Participatory Democracy). Instead of voting on elected officials, citizens vote on the direct issues without putting trust into strangers in the social institutions. Participatory democracy requires much more involvement than representative democracy (Participatory Democracy). Regarding the social institutions of America, many current representatives would no longer be necessary. Some higher heads of democracy would still be needed for certain decisions, of course. Reducing not only the amount of representatives in social institutions, but also reducing the importance of representatives also affects …show more content…
Some have stated that participatory democracy seems too demanding because it requires citizens to vote on all important decisions (The Economist). While, yes voting on every little bill and law can be demanding, making voting very easy and accessible could diminish that problem. Creating a way to vote on a cell phone or computer could make it easy enough to only take a minute or two. There have also been claims about participatory democracy taking away many jobs of senators and representatives. While this is true, there will still, of course, be jobs left for those who want to work specifically with government based operations and decisions. Taking a few jobs from senators could make millions of people happy and feel more secure with their country or may even open up many more job opportunities based on the decisions made by the

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