How Far the Weimar Constitution Can Be Described as Creating an Effective Democracy

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How Far the Weimar Constitution Can Be Described as Creating an Effective Democracy For the first time in the history of Germany, the state was a democratic republic. The constitution was something of a fragile experiment, a guinea pig. Theoretically speaking, the Weimar Constitution could be described as the most democratic constitution the world has ever laid eyes upon, in practice, things were not as clear. Germany was to be a “Federal State,” with each “Lander,” (state) retaining limited control over local affairs. This recognised local differences within Germany, with each Lander being represented in the Reichstrat. Effectively small states had as much influence as bigger states. This…show more content…
So even extremists could be represented, and thus extremists are given a say in the running of the country albeit limited to the size of the extremists. Democracy is rule by the people, which the Weimar Constitution included extremists within. Plebescites were relatively common, which are effective referenda, giving the German public direct choice on an issue, thus being ultra democratic, with the German people being allowed to make decisions by themselves as opposed to simply having elected representatives making decisions on their behalf. The Bill of Rights was effectively made for German workers. Trade unions were instituted to organise a minimum wage. The consideration of workers, in a previously elite class system, reflects new democratic intentions, giving everybody an equal footing. For the first time in German history everybody had freedom of religion and speech, regardless of beliefs. This is incredibly democratic as it means that all people were allowed to express themselves truthfully, no matter how extreme or unpopular their opinions were. Everyone was considered equal. The president was politically accountable, being voted by the people every 7 years. The idea was that the president was not in office long enough to establish a dictatorship; enforcing the foundations of democracy (i.e. that a democracy is not a dictatorship.) The

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