Giving People A Vote Does Not Mean That A State Would Have A Government?

1538 Words Nov 21st, 2014 7 Pages
Introduction

The question of what is considered a democracy is one which many people have struggled to answer for centuries. Answers might vary from having all civil liberties to a model in which every person’s rights is protected and independent to a model that ensures equality. McKinnon (2012), believes that “Democracy refers generally to a method group decision-making that is characterised by a kind of equality among the participants at an essential age." Does the world have a democratic government that encompasses all of those answers? no. However, they all share one principle; the right to vote (choose a government). But an element of that answer contradicts the notion that a right to vote would lead to a government “by the people”. This essay will aim to illustrate how giving people a vote does not mean that a state would have a government “by the people” by analysing the problem in three areas: majority, minority and real-world statistical representation.

Majority

The term government “by the people” can be seen as being too vague. One issue is determining who are “the people” being referred to? In the literal meaning one can assume that it implies that the government is chosen by the collective decision of all the people within that state. If it is safe to assume that the literal meaning is what is meant by that term, then the term itself should be seen as too idealistic, as it implies that every single citizen has chosen the elected government, which is…
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