The main features of a Democracy
Posted by lednum on September 27, 2006
Majority Rule– the system of government is based on parliamentry majorities
Representative Elections-the people are allowed to elect represtatives to speak for their views and interests.
Multi party system-voters have the opportunity to choose from a variety of political parties, represting a wide range of political opinion.
Freedom of speech-no restriction is placed on the right to opinions and express then openly.
Freedom of association-no restriction is placed on people organising political parties to take part in democratic life.
Freedom of Assembly-no restriction is placed on the right to hold meetings or organise demonstrations provided those do not violate the rights of others.
Respect the individual rights-the state protects individuals whose rights are threatened by the actions of others.
Respect for Minority rights-minorities should not have their basic rights violated by the majority.
Respect for the Law-citizens who are given democratic rights should obey the laws that provide these rights.
Respect for Democratic Procedures-individuals or groups who have grievances against the system should operate within it, seeking to change the law through legal means.
Channels of Influence-individuals and groups have channels of access to decision makers at every level.