Although there are advantages and disadvantages to both a representative government and

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Although there are advantages and disadvantages to both a representative government and deliberative democracy the benefits are largely dependant on the context of policy making and whose interests are being considered. A representative democracy is one that is currently in place across Australia and, for the most part, the rest of the world whereby a group of representatives deliberate without unequal distributions to power on behalf of the nations citizens by denoting their beliefs, attitudes and perspectives. Recent and ongoing concerns regarding the self-interested, bureaucratic nature of government has lead to increased interest in a more classical deliberative form of democracy particularly at the idea of public participation…show more content…
The argument being that representative democracy allows for politically educated and aware elected representatives, who have the resources and expertise, to make informed decisions. This views the decision to allow the general public who may lack political awareness or inclination to make rational, well-considered judgments, incredibly detrimental as average citizens may not consider long-term solutions or may marginalise individuals and minorities. Begging other questions in regards to whether elected officials should utilise their skill and knowledge to lead the public through more informed decision that may be better for the greater good of the community by acting independently or operate merely as relay mechanisms for the views of their constituents (Australian Politics 2010). Some advocates of representative democracy acknowledge its limitations, but argue that deliberative democracy is simple unfeasible in modern conditions. A direct government with high levels of participation may be possible amongst relatively small communities, because personal communication can take place between and amongst its citizens, however it is impractical and ineefgctive when it comes to larger nations or states. The idea of consulting the general public on all issues, sanctioning wide-ranging discussion and debate, and holding mass meetings conducted in modern
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