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Representative democracy is more ideal than direct democracy. Discuss

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  • Submitted: 22/11/2011
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AS and A Level Political Philosophy

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I believe that a representative democracy is more ideal than a direct democracy as for starters a representative democracy is better suited to dealing with a large electorate. Direct democracy may work very well among a small group of people, but the larger the group the more difficult it is to run effectively. Representative democracy eliminates this difficulty by operating on a much smaller scale the majority of the time. Also, the complexity of many political issues would make some of them difficult for the average voter to understand. Political issues can be exceptionally complicated and take MPs a lot of time and consultation with experts to fully understand themselves, before they can be considered informed enough to vote. Educating the whole electorate on such issues would be exceptionally difficult for a number of reasons, and if an uninformed electorate were to vote on issues the results could be incredibly damaging. Making it a lot more difficult for a direct democracy to inform citizens on a complicated issue. Another point in favour of representative democracy is that the average individual voter would put his or her needs before those of society as a whole. This self-interest is perfectly natural,

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