Representative democracy is more ideal than direct democracy. Discuss
Extracts from this essay...
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.
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, but if a law that benefits a smaller group does not benefit a larger group then that law is not likely to be passed. Representative democracy is a lot less work. Most people do not really want to vote all the time on political issues that don't always affect them, or may require a lot of understanding in order to cast a meaningful vote.
The majority of people do not have the time, or the inclination, to make a rational well considered judgement. Another point is that it is a one party system, it is not the parties that should be making the policy suggestions, it is the people. The party/candidate acts on the voters' behalf, but they rarely takes notice to what the country has to say and generally stick to what they believe. Representative democracy allows the personal agenda of the ruling classes to cloud the agenda of what is right for the citizens of this country.
Found what you're looking for?
- Start learning 29% faster today
- Over 150,000 essays available
- Just £6.99 a month
- Over 180,000 student essays
- Every subject and level covered
- Thousands of essays marked by teachers