What Is a Limited Democracy?

A limited democracy is a system of government in which power is only partially in the hands of the general populace. The level of power is identified within a constitution.

A traditional democratic nation includes a constitution or other governing document that gives the rule to the majority either directly or through elected persons. Governmental power is decentralized and interventions occur only to protect the citizens.

However, as the name suggests, limited democracies do not include all citizens in the process of government. In such systems, there are populations who are not permitted to vote under the tenets of limited constitutions. Such populations often discriminate based on gender, economic status, race or ethnicity, inherited social status or education.