Representative Democrcy Essay

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Option #2 True representative democracy needs many working parts to succeed. Several of these parts are judicial review by the court, the separation of powers, between the three branches of government, political parties and last but not least elections. I will first define what I see as being a representative democracy that genuinely works for the people, then I will briefly and simply describe these four ideas. Following, I will explain why they are necessary and even helpful to the success of this form of government, while also pointing out some of their weak points. What is a genuinely representative democracy? It is a form of government, whose responsibility of forming laws and regulations is given by the electorate to a representative, usually through the choice of a plurality of voters, although in presidential elections, considering the electoral college, the victor could still win without a plurality of the general populace. It is the job of these agents to represent their constituency’s wishes and welfare. In an ideal representative democracy these agents are accountable to the electorate and must open and transparent in their reasoning, willing to explain why, if they had seen it necessary to vote against the general will. What is judicial review? Judicial review is the right, or duty, the court has to review the constitutionality of legislation and/or actions taken by the executive branch. The court has the right to choose its cases, but these are brought before them not sought after by the court. What is the separation of powers? This is a form of checks and balances between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. They are in place so as to contain the power of any one branch attempting to overstep its authority and act in a tyrannical matter. Although it is argued the three branches are not equal, we see that none

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