What are real life examples ( countries or states) of the different models of democracy? a) Protective democracy b)Classic democracy ( based on athens ) c) Developmental democracy

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In general a protective democracy is based on the idea that there are some inherent inequalities that can and must be corrected by governmental interference. The United States, although imperfect in many ways, is a real world example of a protective democracy in that is a built upon a system of checks and balances for each branch of government. The executive, legislative, and judicial systems all require some level of vetting or checking by the other and none of these branches can act without potential consequences from one or both of the others. For example, the legislative branch can pass a law but the executive branch can veto this law, or the judicial branch can deem this law contrary to the Constitution and the law becomes invalid.

A classic democracy or Athenian type democracy relies on direct participation of citizens. The mark of direct democracy most important to note is that there is no interference in the interaction between citizens and voting.  Local county governments in the United States are an example of this in terms of ballot measures.  A direct question is asked of the public, such as "should tax money be spent to improve a specific highway", and citizens then vote yes or no.  The measure is passed based on the number of votes it receives that indicate the choice of the public.

A developmental democracy focuses on the direct moral improvement of the citizens and the inclusion and protection of the rights of individual in the democratic process. A modern day example would be the town halls that many United States cities and towns have begun to reintegrate into their political processes.  This involves the thorough explanation of a topic to be voted on, a question and answer period where citizens can ask direct questions of their legislators and then voting upon those referendums that were presented.  

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