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Chris Michael (6). Politics essay: The main features of Britain's democracy. There are many types of democracy, since, if defining the word democracy which comes from the Greek words "demos", meaning people, and the word "cratos", meaning state, we can see that if a governing system includes the activity of any individual that is part of that state is a type of democracy. And also when a government is open to the public and any individual with certain skill and knowledge can take part in the system. Democracy in general and more purely defined is the "rule of the people". It is a form of government where the authority comes from directly or indirectly from the people. The roots of this type of government derive from the "market place" of ancient Athens where people used to gather in those places in order to argue and decide on any issues concerning the state. Nowadays is quite difficult to organize such gatherings due to the massive population democratic countries and communities have. Living under a democratic system it is considered to be a fair way of living among others and of various standards of living. Democratic countries, such as Britain is a difficult case to define. This is due to the history and way of living the English have had the recent centuries. ...read more.


In such a system people participate in debates on different matters and therefore being in part of decisions. By this an individual becomes aware and active in politics. Different parties represent people of the state as a result of the government serving the people's desires and needs, and being a government for the people. A liberal is the one that respects the freedom of others, the ideas of others and supports equal rights and a fair democratic government. In my opinion Britain's democratic system is a combination of several forms of democracy, such as the types described above. Since there is a monarch involved, even with limited powers, and a House of Lords, which used to be advisors appointed in order to advise the monarch. This House is not elected therefore not representing the people. The lords can make law proposals which are aimed to become laws and passed as legislation. And here we can see facts of Tory democracy and also the representative party of this form, the Conservative party. On the other hand there is the liberal concept in Britain and the liberals. In general elections people vote for their party and the most seats in the House of Commons are held by the winning party. Since the House of Commons is elected then it means that it represents the people's interests. ...read more.


In that way there wasn't much judgement in carrying out decisions and arguments. During the past years adjustments have been taking place in order to balance out these three branches of government. Therefore achieving a separation of powers and now having a more fair system. Also in the past years, Britain being a member of European Union has been more stable and fair, in terms of democracy, since its government is being observed by European Court, all this concerning the British - European relations. As in all cases of democratic states, where people are active and are aware of what is going on in their country, Britain does have a rule under democratic concepts. These are main features of Britain's government. These make up what British call democracy, in other democratic communities, though, some things aren't the same but still carry out that same idea, the rule of the people. There are alterations in the system, in comparison with other democratic states. Nevertheless the British democratic system, even being a combination of more than one forms does have a stable behaviour to its people. Also the history that previously conquered this country, still keeps some of its trails. As I have stated above these are what make up but also make Britain's democracy vary from other states. The British democratic system is a special one due to the fact that it has been changing throughout the times and concluding to what is it is today with these main features. ...read more.

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