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What is Democracy?. Democracy is a system of government ruled by the people for the people. Okay…but what does that really mean. Democracy :. ~ a governing system for choosing leaders through free and fair elections. ~ the people, as citizens, share power and make decisions.

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What is

Democracy?


Democracy is a system of government ruled by the people for the people.

Okay…but what does that really mean.


Democracy the people.:

~ a governing system for choosing leaders through free and fair elections

~ the people, as citizens, share power and make decisions

~ laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens

~ leaders and laws are determined by the majority. The one with the largest number of votes wins.


Govern – to exercise authority over the people.

Teacher governs the classroom.

Principal governs the school.

President governs the country.

Governor governs the state.

Mayor governs the city.

Government – the organization that is the authority or ruling power over a society


Where did democracy start? the people.

~ in Athens, Greece over 2,500 years ago

~ Greece is a country in Europe located along the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.

~ Athens was a direct democracy.



Two types of democracies: the people.

* Direct democracy

* Representative democracy


Direct Democracy: the people.

~ citizens make policy and law decisions in person

~ no one represents them

~ only reasonable for small countries


Representative Democracy: the people.

~ citizens elect officials to make political decisions, for the public good (people that live there)

~ elected officials: legislative, executive, and judicial branches make decisions for all the people.

~ most common form of democracy

~ form of democracy in United States


Architectural Ideas Also the people.

Came from Greece

~ Many of our government buildings are designed in the same style as those from ancient Greece.

~ Many have columns just like those on the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus.





Temple of Zeus the people.







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