• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How effectively does representative democracy operate in the UK?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐How effectively does representative democracy operate in the UK? 25 marks Britain is a representative democracy. This is where citizens within a country elect representatives to make decisions for them. Every 5 years in The UK, the people have the chance to vote into power those they wish to represent us in Parliament. This factor alone could suggest that representative democracy is effective in a sense as the public have elected somebody who will represent them, rather than having a delegate who primarily acts as a robot. In today?s modern society, all mainstream political parties in the UK state that they absolutely represent the whole nation. ...read more.


The "Tyranny of the Minority" is something that pure democracy is meant to prevent, however the UK isn?t doing a very good job of this as in the House of Commons there are only 22% of women represented whereas there are 51% of women in the whole population, similarly there are only 4% of ethnic minorities represented in the House of Commons. These figures reinforce the idea that representative democracy does not operate very effectively in the UK. As faith in political parties has declined, and participation has decreased, people in the UK feel more represented by pressure groups; which are arguably very democratic, as pressure groups represent the nation precisely and accurately. ...read more.


This is the main criticism of direct democracy from people subject to it. It is expensive and extremely time consuming. Whereas voting for a representative who agrees with you takes less effort, doesn't require you to do anything about issues that do not concern you and does not require you to learn about complex issues. In conclusion, from the points made above representative democracy does operate effectively to an extent as most of the time the people can get their views and ideas heard, by using pressure groups and contacting their local MP. Although there are a few loop holes in the system such as the idea that representatives are not always accountable for their policies and actions as well as the view that representative democracy is not democracy at all, it is leader selection. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level United Kingdom section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level United Kingdom essays

  1. What are the main features of representative democracy? In what ways has political participation ...

    A decrease in the turnout of one of the easiest methods of direct participation such as this is a concern to the government and indicates that there is a steady decline in enthusiasm with British politics,

  2. What is the main reason for the loss of faith and interest in our ...

    factors which are involved in the diminishing interest and faith in our government, and I am very pleased to have chosen this as an area of interest. Looking into some of the recent scandals, and how the government either covers it up, or deals with the problem is fascinating, and

  1. What is representative democracy?

    STV used in Northern Ireland assembly, it is a multi-member constituencies with wide voter choice. Highly proportional result. Many parties gain representation. Constituencies return more than one member each. In Northern Ireland, the normal number is six. In order to be elected, a candidate must achieve a 'quota'.

  2. Apart from referendums, explain three ways in which democracy in the UK could be ...

    - Can be held accountable by the voters. - Maintains a close MP-Constituency link. - Its a simple system that is easy to understand. - Easy to find a winner and - It creates a strong and stable, one party government who have a clear mandate based on its manifesto.

  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of the various ways in which participation and democracy could be ...

    Additionally, asides from an increased probability in ?donkey voting?, whereby people would hastily cast an uninformed vote, with a bias in favour of the top candidate on the ballot, many have argued that such a system would not guarantee

  2. How effectively does representative democracy operate in the UK?

    This was supported by the introduction of the secret ballot in 1872, which helped bring an end to intimidation at election times. Also in 2000 the establishment of the Electoral Commission took place, whose aim was to ensure the integrity of, and public confidence in, the UK?s democratic process.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work