How does Athenian Democracy campare with canadian democracy?

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Athenian democracy was at once more and less democratic than Canadian democracy. On the one hand, Athens had what we call today a direct democracy. Individuals participated directly in governmental decision-making. People were also expected to serve in government, and many leadership positions were chosen by drawing lots. On the other hand, the percentage of male citizens who could actually vote was relatively low.

Canada's government is a parliamentary democracy and a federation, meaning that constituent states choose representatives to serve in a representative parliament. Canadians vote freely in these elections, but, unlike Athenians, they do not vote directly on most policy decisions. For the vast majority of the people, however, Canada's government is more democratic than that of classical Athens.


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