Democracy. a word used in at least three ways in the discussion of government democratic centralism direct or participatory democracy representative democracy. democratic centralism.
former Soviet Union operated on this theory – the central committee made all economic and political decisions.
initiativeand the referendum allow a substantial measure of direct democracy in modern political system.
The referendum allows the legislative branch to place a controversial piece of legislation already approved by them on the ballot.
This sort of government is supported by those who feel that in a direct democracy it is impractical for the public to make policy across a vast array of issues.
For the representative democracy to function, it is necessary that there be competing elites and free communications.