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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A direct democracy is one in which voters gather and directly make the decisions that are needed. In a representative democracy, voters choose representatives to gather and complete the work of the government on their behalf. The United States is a representative democracy - voters from each state elect representatives and senators who travel to Washington, DC and do the work needed to run the government. Direct democracies work best with small numbers of people and small areas, since everyone comes together to make the decisions.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can provide you with links to a more detailed explanation, but there are different types of democracy. Democracy literally means government by the people. In general, a democracy is a participatory form of government where officials are elected by the voting public.  In America, adults can register to vote.  There are no gender, education or income restrictions.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Elections do not make a democracy.  You also need to have

  • Political liberty -- the right to participate as you wish in the political process.
  • Personal liberty -- the right to be free from things like government searches of your home without cause.
  • Political equality -- the right to have as much of a voice in government as anyone else.

Just having elections does not make a country democratic in any way.