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How effectively does representative democracy operate in the UK?

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[25m essay - mati saidzai 12n] How effectively does representative democracy operate in the UK? The effectiveness can be judged on the basis of the control that the public exerts over its politicians. United Kingdom having a representative democracy has brought significant changes in recent years. Whereas once it was possible to describe democracy in the UK largely through the role of elections and Parliament, the democratic process is believed to now be more complex and diffuse. However representative democracy has its advantages of allowing representatives that have more experience, knowledge and expertise to be in power. Representatives are able to educate the public about political issues to widen their knowledge and understandings. ...read more.

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In 2006 they made a number of improvements to electoral registration, improving the security arrangements for absent voting, allowing observers to attend elections and a major change in reducing the minimum age for candidates at UK Parliamentary elections. It also introduced the Performance Standards regime for electoral services. This shows that our democracy operates effectively through those ways and that it will be taken further in the future, making things even better to what they are now. Another way how democracy operates well in the UK is through parliament. Parliament lies at the heart of the democratic process. The UK is therefore a parliamentary democracy. ...read more.

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It?s been used widely since 1997 in the UK. Some important referendums had been held before 1997. And the most important one ever held in the UK was the 1975 referendum on continued membership of the European Community. Referendums were also held in Scotland and Wales in 1979, in an unsuccessful attempt to introduce devolution. The election in 2010 of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition gave renewed impetus to the use of referendums. This therefore shows that referendums are effective most of the time and have successful impacts in our society. Free and fair elections do have its disadvantages. Non-elected bodies could be a disadvantage, as some key political posts in the UK are not filled through elections. The most common examples are the monarchy and the House of Lords, neither of which enjoy democratic legitimacy. ...read more.

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