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.
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.
Can you find Greece on the map? the people.
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.
Drawing of Parthenon the people.
Temple of Zeus the people.
Reconstruction of the Temple of Zeus the people.
The U.S. Capitol in Washington the people.
The Lincoln Memorial the people.
The Jefferson Memorial the people.
The State Capitol of Georgia the people.