Outline of democracy

The following outline provides an overview of and topical guide to democracy.

Democracy form of government which allows people to participate equallyeither directly or through elected representativesin the proposal, development, and creation of laws.[1]

Nature of democracy

Main article: Democracy

Democracy can be described as a(n):

Types of democracy

Main article: Types of democracy

Main types

  1. Direct democracy the people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly.
  2. Representative democracy elected officials represent a group of people. All modern Western-style democracies are types of representative democracies; for example, Germany is a parliamentary republic.

History of democracy

History of democracy democracy can be traced back from the present day to classical Athens in the 6th century B.C.E.

Democratic process



Democratic concepts

Criticism of democracy

Criticism of democracy includes charges that democracy is either economically inefficient, politically idealistic, or morally corrupt.

Media about democracy

Books about democracy

See also


  1. Larry Jay Diamond, Marc F. Plattner (2006). Electoral systems and democracy p.168. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
  2. Stanford Encyclopaedia: Social Institutions
  3. "government". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. November 2010.
  4. Bealey, Frank, ed. (1999). "government". The Blackwell dictionary of political science: a user's guide to its terms. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 147. ISBN 9780631206958.
  5. Stanton, G.R. Athenian Politics c800–500BC: A Sourcebook, Routledge, London (1990), p. 76.
  6. Andrews, A. Greek Society (Penguin 1967) 197
  7. E. Harris, A New Solution to the Riddle of the Seisachtheia, in 'The Development of the Polis in Archaic Greece', eds. L. Mitchell and P. Rhodes (Routledge 1997) 103
  8. Aristotle Politics 1273b 35–1274a 21.
  9. Fornara-Samons, Athens from Cleisthenes to Pericles, 24–25
  10. Aristotle, Constitution of the Athenians §3
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