The united states of america is a type of democracy [not a pure direct democracy, as is the classical meaning of the term, but a mixed-republic with a representative democracy and democratic spirit] is the united states of america a democracy or a republic. 1) representative democracy is not really democracy a system whereby small numbers of people, in our case mps, govern many millions of others, is not democratic the extent of our self-government is a mere cross in a box every four or five years sometimes as many people do not vote at all as vote.
Hélène landemore, « is representative democracy really democratic interview of bernard manin and nadia urbinati - new york, april 10, 2007 », books and ideas , 31 march 2008. My argument building starts by showing how representative democracy (feature: electoral democracy) chooses collective justice over individual justice by following the majority rule and is not really representative.
Representative democracy involves the election of government officials by the people being represented if the head of state is also democratically elected then it is called a democratic republic the most common mechanisms involve election of the candidate with a majority or a plurality of the votes most western countries have representative systems.
Representative democracy (also indirect democracy, representative government or psephocracy) is a type of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people, as opposed to direct democracy. 1) representative democracy is not really democracy a system whereby small numbers of people, in our case mps, govern many millions of others, is not democratic the extent of our self-government is a mere cross in a box every four or five years. To be sure, in addition to being a representative democracy, the united states is also a constitutional democracy, in which courts restrain in some measure the democratic will and the united states is therefore also a constitutional republic indeed, the united states might be labeled a constitutional federal representative democracy.
Simply put, a representative democracy is a system of government in which all eligible citizens vote on representatives to pass laws for them a perfect example is the us, where we elect a president and members of the congress.
Pro will argue that representative democracy is a perfectly democratic form of government while con will support the claim that representative democracy is a mixed form of government inspired on democratic principles but fundamentally contradicting itself.
I would like to debate the question of whether representative democracy is a contradiction in terms or the true essence of democracy pro will argue that representative democracy is a perfectly democratic form of government.