Direct democracy is a form of government in which citizens rather than representatives decide the laws and policies that govern them. Direct democracy contrasts with a representative democracy, where representatives make... More »

A direct democracy permits citizens to directly vote on legislation rather than voting for a representative who takes on the task himself. Because the decision making process is left to the people, this form of governmen... More »

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There are examples of direct democracy in evidence across the world, from ballot measure voting in the United States to Switzerland's political system, which relies heavily on the voice of the people. Direct democracy di... More »

The term "oligarchy" refers to a form of government that concentrates power in the hands of an elite group, rather than a central figure, an elected assembly or the people at large, and the primary advantages appear to e... More »

A federal republic is a form of government in which citizens elect officials to run the government according to laws that restrict the power of the central government and vest regional units with a degree of autonomy. Th... More »

Representative democracy is a governmental structure based upon citizens electing representatives to serve on their behalf. Representative democracy contrasts with direct democracy, in which citizens directly manage the ... More »

The characteristics of a true democracy are the right of citizens to choose their government representatives, a government with limited powers, majority rule, minority rights, and effective checks and balances on the gov... More »