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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 has several advantages and disadvantages. This type of political system allows voters to decide issues directly instead of going through legislatures or representatives. 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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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 »