Democracy FAQs:

Q: Is democracy sometimes referred to as "rule of the majority"?

A: Yes, Democracy is a system of processing conflicts in which outcomes depend on what participants do, but no single force controls what occurs and its outcomes.

Q: Is democracy one in which it is recognised that majority decisions are not binding on the minority?

A: Yes, and even when unanimous.

Q: Is democracy the capacity of all voters to participate freely and fully in the life of their society?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy freedom?

A: Yes, since only in a democracy the citizens can have a share in freedom.

Q: Is democracy a form of democracy which incorporates regular popular elections?

A: Yes, but which often carefully "guides" the choices offered to the electorate in a manner which may reduce the ability of the electorate to truly determine the type of government exercised over them.

Q: Is democracy not very common outside the Americas?

A: Yes, and Africa, and Central and Southeast Asia.

Q: Are democracies constitutional monarchies?

A: Yes, such as the United Kingdom.

Q: Is democracy the Cossack republics of Ukraine in the 16th and 17th centuries: Cossack Hetmanate and Zaporizhian Sich?

A: Yes.

Q: Was democracy illusory?

A: Yes, and served only to mask the reality of elite rule.

Q: Is democracy more likely to emerge when countries become wealthier?

A: Yes, and more educated, or less unequal.

Q: Is democracy the demotic assembly, i.e?

A: Yes, the assembly of demos, the citizen body in a given geographical area which may encompass a town and the surrounding villages, or even neighbourhoods of large cities.

Q: Is democracy a political theory and political project that aims for direct democracy in all fields of social life: political democracy in the form of face-to-face assemblies which are confederated, economic democracy in a stateless, moneyless and marketless economy, democracy in the social realm, i.e?

A: Yes, self-management in places of work and education, and ecological democracy which aims to reintegrate society and nature.

Q: Is democracy a representative democracy where government is appointed by?

A: Yes, or can be dismissed by, representatives as opposed to a "presidential rule" wherein the president is both head of state and the head of government and is elected by the voters.

Q: Were democracies those geographically and culturally closest to western Europe?

A: Yes, and they are now members or candidate members of the European Union.

Q: Is democracy having access to coastal areas and rivers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy that while the representatives are elected by the people to act in the people's interest?

A: Yes, and they retain the freedom to exercise their own judgement as how best to do so.

Q: Is democracy a substantive?

A: Yes, and not a merely procedural, ideal.

Q: Is democracy a system where the public elects the president through free and fair elections?

A: Yes.

Q: Was democracy not only direct in the sense that decisions were made by the assembled people?

A: Yes, but also the most direct in the sense that the people through the assembly, boule and courts of law controlled the entire political process and a large proportion of citizens were involved constantly in the public business.

Q: Is democracy based on the notion that democracy is government by deliberation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy a way of life in his work of "Creative Democracy: The Task Before Us" and an experience built on faith in human nature?

A: Yes, and faith in human beings, and faith in working with others.

Q: Is democracy not structured so as to prohibit the government from excluding the people from the legislative process?

A: Yes, or any branch of government from altering the separation of powers in its own favour, then a branch of the system can accumulate too much power and destroy the democracy.

Q: Was democracy therefore highly fragile and rare historically?

A: Yes, as it could only survive in small political units, which due to their size were vulnerable to conquest by larger political units.

Q: Is democracy that democracy encourages individual capacity building and the interaction among the society?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy to expand some or all of the values and norms of democracy, including the rule of law?

A: Yes, the non-violent resolution of conflicts; and equality among citizens, beyond the limits of the state.

Q: Is democracy sometimes equated with the republican form of government?

A: Yes, and the term "republic" classically has encompassed both democracies and aristocracies.

Q: Is democracy implemented on a global scale?

A: Yes, and either directly or through representatives.

Q: Is democracy the concept of the "loyal opposition"?

A: Yes, The essence of the concept is that the second largest political party opposes the governing party , while still remaining loyal to the state and its democratic principles.

Q: Is democracy considered important to ensure that voters are well informed?

A: Yes, and enabling them to vote according to their own interests.

Q: Is democracy undesirable for a developing country in which economic growth and the reduction of poverty are top priorities?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy a political system where the citizens participate in the decision-making personally?

A: Yes, and contrary to relying on intermediaries or representatives.

Q: Is democracy competitive elections that are substantively and procedurally "fair," i.e.?

A: Yes, and just and equitable.

Q: Is democracy advocated by American philosopher John Dewey?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy reverence to a symbolic mythical authority as in reality?

A: Yes, and there is no such thing as the people or demos.

Q: Is democracy direct democracy?

A: Yes, and in which all eligible citizens have active participation in the political decision making, for example voting on policy initiatives directly.

Q: Is democracy criticised for not offering enough political stability?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy a system of government in which citizens have given teams of political leaders the right to rule in periodic elections?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy based on the idea that there are hierarchical and oppressive power relations that exist in society?

A: Yes.

Q: Is democracy based on an evaluation of that state's elections for competitiveness?

A: Yes, and openness and level of participation.

Q: Is democracy not exclusive of one another: many specify details of aspects that are independent of one another and can co-exist in a single system?

A: Yes.