Explain The Key Features Of Representative Democracy In The Uk

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A) What do you understand by the term ‘representative’ democracy? Representative democracy is where citizens elect representatives (MPs) on behalf of the majority to make decisions for them and formulate legislations. It's practical and it allows for people's views to be put into consideration, however, representatives are not bound and can go against the majority. For example; the UK is a representative democracy because citizens elect a representative party for with an appointed leader which make decisions on their behalf, the majority electorate elects the Prime Minister and his party in power to make legislation for the country. B) What are the principle features of democracy in the UK? One of the key principles of democracy in the UK is the electoral system. In the UK there are five different electoral systems used: a ‘first-past-the post’ system used for general elections to elect the parliament in power,…show more content…
On the other hand, the wording could be too complex for the general citizen to understand causing confusion and a misinterpretation of the question, resulting in a the electorate feeling intimidated and voting just to get it over with and not actually putting thought into the decision. For example, in the 1998 referendum on the Devolution of Northern Ireland, the question posed language like 'Multi Party talks' and Command Paper 3883' which the average citizen would not know and find pressuring. Or the wording of the question could put the electorate off voting for the referendum resulting in a low turnout. This is harmful to democracy as the confusing wording of the question could dismay the electorate and they could not know what they are voting for until the legislature has
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