WC:Representational Government

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It is commonly stated that Western societies are a democracy, 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, is not a direct democracy, but rather a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_democracy representative democracy].
 
It is commonly stated that Western societies are a democracy, 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, is not a direct democracy, but rather a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_democracy representative democracy].
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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.

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