Democracy

Dan Easterbrook
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Items of Importance for Edexcel GCE AS Unit 1 Government & Politics

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Define Direct Democracy People decide through voting on political initiatives
Disadvantages of Direct democracy Less efficient Bureaucracy Ill-Informed Decisions
Advantages of Direct Democracy Purest form of democratic decision making Everyone gets a vote/say Political Equality
Define Representative Democracy The people elect a representative who will represent them; handling all political decisions on your behalf.
Advantages of Representative Democracy Political stability Practicality Governance by experts
Disadvantages of Representative Democracy Effectiveness is based on Popular control Representative may change stance/promise to suit others and not someone else
Define Referendums A political ballot on a single political issue
Features of a Referendum - Single issue - Yes/No answer - Secret Ballot Act (Private Vote)
Criticisms of referendums - Diminishes Parliament - Increase Political Burden on people Could be used as Historically Unpopular & Un-Patriotic
Referendum Examples Northern Ireland Welsh Devolution referendum Scottish Independence referendum (2014)
Key features of the UK's democratic system UK Parliament Pressure Groups EU Parliament Devolution Elections
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