What is a Federal Representative Democratic Republic? And how is this different from a regular democracy?
- faceman888Lv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
A federal representative democratic republic is like the United States. It is federal because there is a central government that shares some amount of sovereignty with constituent political subdivisions (the several states). It is Representative because you never actually vote for anything at the national level. You elected people (from your peers not a certain 'class') who go and represent you. You can vote them out if they start screwing around and not representing you like you think they should, but you have entrusted them with your representation for a certain period of time. It is a democratic republic because we do get to vote for our representation and we don't have a monarch or a hereditary head of state.
When you say regular democracy I assume that you mean a direct democracy. In a direct democracy everybody who chooses to participate in the legislative process can. It is when citizens get to vote directly for the laws and to have referendums to repeal laws. This happens at the state level alot. Many states have public votes to pass laws, repeal laws, or amend their state constitutions. The key here is that the people get to vote directly. You don't have to bother writing to your Senators or Congresspeople. You just go vote for the proposition or against it.