what are the essential characteristic of democracy?need more answers pls.,?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Democracy is based on individual freedoms which allow people to be the best they can be at whatever they choose to do with their lives.
Essentials include a method of allowing the people to limit government interference in local, corporate and personal matters. It's also essential that the people have the means to assert and enforce thier rights.
Checks and balances to preserve the above are also essential as well as a legal system that enforces equality and justice.
The most important essential characteristic of democracy is a people with the courage of their convictions who INSIST on maintaining control over government. These people are those who have the rugged individual character to cherish being left alone and allowed to be great!
- Michael HLv 51 decade ago
There are 2 things that a democracy needs.
First and foremost is freedom. Without freedom, nothing else matters.
Second, each citizen of the democracy must have a voice in how the democracy works.
Without the 2 working in conjunction WITH each other, there is no democracy. That is primarily why we are becoming a more socialist nation. Liberals are convincing the people that their votes don't really count since the people are stupid and really don't know what is best for them. Thus, you have apathy which leads to the removal of freedoms and the implementation of socialism. History has demonstrated that over and over again.
- ?Lv 61 decade ago
In the dictionary definition, democracy "is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system." In the phrase of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."
Freedom and democracy are often used interchangeably, but the two are not synonymous. Democracy is indeed a set of ideas and principles about freedom, but it also consists of a set of practices and procedures that have been molded through a long, often tortuous history. In short, democracy is the institutionalization of freedom. For this reason, it is possible to identify the time-tested fundamentals of constitutional government, human rights, and equality before the law that any society must possess to be properly called democratic.
Democracies fall into two basic categories, direct and representative. In a direct democracy, all citizens, without the intermediary of elected or appointed officials, can participate in making public decisions. Such a system is clearly only practical with relatively small numbers of people--in a community organization or tribal council, for example, or the local unit of a labor union, where members can meet in a single room to discuss issues and arrive at decisions by consensus or majority vote. Ancient Athens, the world's first democracy, managed to practice direct democracy with an assembly that may have numbered as many as 5,000 to 6,000 persons--perhaps the maximum number that can physically gather in one place and practice direct democracy.
Modern society, with its size and complexity, offers few opportunities for direct democracy. Even in the northeastern United States, where the New England town meeting is a hallowed tradition, most communities have grown too large for all the residents to gather in a single location and vote directly on issues that affect their lives.
Today, the most common form of democracy, whether for a town of 50,000 or nations of 50 million, is representative democracy, in which citizens elect officials to make political decisions, formulate laws, and administer programs for the public good. In the name of the people, such officials can deliberate on complex public issues in a thoughtful and systematic manner that requires an investment of time and energy that is often impractical for the vast majority of private citizens.