WC:Representational Government

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It is commonly stated that Western societies are democracies, and by this some people assume that what is meant is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_democracy direct democracy].  Western society however, for the most part, rather than being a direct democracy, is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_democracy representative democracy].
 
It is commonly stated that Western societies are democracies, and by this some people assume that what is meant is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_democracy direct democracy].  Western society however, for the most part, rather than being a direct democracy, is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_democracy representative democracy].
  
In a direct democracy, "...sovereignty is lodged in the assembly of all citizens who choose to participate."  An example of a direct democracy is the referendum process by which a group of citizens collects enough signatures of eligible voters, to place an initiative on a ballot, which is then voted on at an election.  California, for example, has such a system, however the vast majority of laws are still passed by the legislature.
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In a direct democracy, "...sovereignty is lodged in the assembly of all citizens who choose to participate."  An example of a direct democracy is the referendum process by which a group of citizens collects enough signatures of eligible voters, to place an initiative on a ballot, which is then voted on at an election.  California, for example, has such a system, however the vast majority of laws are still passed by the legislature, and either signed into law, or vetoed by the governor.
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The societies that you as a citizen, will be involved in, and the law you will be subject to, are all representative democracies. Your local condo association, city government, school board, water district, county government, state government, and national government are all, representative democracies.

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