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Analyse whether Britain is a true democracy

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In my assignment, I am going to analyse whether Britain is a true democracy. First of all what is a democracy? Democracy was firstly originated in Greece, A democracy is literally, the terms meaning power of the people (combining the Greek words demos, meaning "the people," and kratos meaning "to rule" or "power"). It is usually used to describe a political system where the legitimacy of exercising power stems from the consent of the people. Accordingly, a democratic polity is often identified by the existence of constitutional government, where the power of the leaders is checked and restrained; representative institutions based on elections, which provide a procedural framework for the allocation of power by the people; competitive parties, in which the ruling majority respects and guarantees the rights of minorities; and civil liberties, such as freedoms of speech, press, organization, and religion. Aristocracy is a political system in which a privileged class holding hereditary titles (the most powerful members of a society). The word "aristocracy" is the Greek aristo - cratia (rule of the best-born). It is a hierarchical structure where power is not distributed evenly. It rests mostly with a small group including the king. ...read more.

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o You can get people to sign a petition and argue your case to your local MP or government. As a group we can Influence by: o Making a pressure group. As the saying goes, you get "power in numbers." The government are most likely to be influence by a group of people rather than an individual. But what is a pressure group? Well there are types of pressure groups. Promotional, protective, insider and outsider groups. * What is a promotional pressure group? Promotional groups endeavour to promote a particular cause, and for this reason are sometimes called 'cause' groups. They are not self-interested in that the achievement of their objectives is not necessarily of direct professional or economic benefit to the members of the group. Examples of cause groups are Shelter, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Green peace. Because "cause" groups aim to promote a cause - which might potentially be supported by everybody, regardless of their profession or economic position - membership is not usually restricted. **However, that does mean that "cause" groups have or want to have a large membership. Some cause groups have few members but a great deal of influence. ...read more.

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This dependence poses problems all by itself. Maintaining access to sufficient and credible information is difficult for even the most diligent. Moreover, synthesizing all that information into a coherent viewpoint is often time consuming and impractical. Relying on ready-made opinions from mainstream media is obviously less than ideal - since media is motivated by profit, one must contend with the usual rating-boosters like fear mongering, melodrama, and needless obfuscation. But so called "alternative media" is often little better. 2- Once elected, representatives are rarely held accountable to election promises or behaviour in office 3- As those that turn up to vote are generally a minority in terms of the overall electorate, particularly in smaller elections to public office, the results are open to deviation by groups with a political agenda. The answer lies, I believe in a non-representative internet-driven oligarchy, where the right to vote is earned (maybe? ~ such as anybody at any age can vote as long as they have done something to earn this), parliament is computerised and capitalism is declared redundant. Perhaps on reflection a little flawed. Nevertheless, democracy was never intended to be a two horse fashion (fascist?) parade. "Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." ~ Oscar Wilde ...read more.

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