Representative Democracy


Advantages of representative democracy:

  • most people do not have the time to be continually involved in politics, so they can elect representatives to act on their behalf
  • Representatives may have more experience, knowledge and expertise 
  • Representatives can be made accountable for their decisions, whereas the people cannot
  • The demands of the people may be incoherence and contradictory (Representatives can 'aggregate' - concert incoherent demands into coherent political programmes)
  • People can react emotionally to issues. Representatives can be more rational
  • Representatives can educate the public about political issues
  • Different sections of society…


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