What Does It Leave Out? Essay

1556 Words Oct 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Define democracy. What does this definition take into account and what does it leave out?

We have given multiple definitions and various ways of measuring democracy over the semester, but to start, a key characteristic of any democracy are elections that are free and fair, and that are ultimately determined by a state’s populace. In this sense, for a democracy to work there should be universal suffrage, meaning that no group of people are inherently excluded from their right to vote in any given election. And to expand on this, one person in a state always equals one vote, eliminating the possibility of certain citizens of the financial or governmental elite to have more power than an average citizen in electing a ruler. In this regard, the underlying difference between a democratic state and a dictatorship, or any other authoritarian state, is that the rulers are accountable to the ruled in a democracy. For example, as we have talked about in class, the direction and flow of the economy in a state during a President’s time in office will end up effecting how people will vote and if the incumbent will be re-elected. If the economy suffers and unemployment rate goes up during a President’s time in office — whether directly or indirectly caused by that president — the chances of re-election go vastly down. So in order for voters to be actually informed about the what is happening in their country as well as the legislature’s effectiveness in running the state, free and…

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