Direct Democracy

Maddie, Kim, Karen

Definition

Several citizens meet regular as an assembly to make decisions for their city-state.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • the people vote to approve laws passed by the legislature
  • citizens can propose laws


Cons

  • time consuming
  • vote turnouts is often low because people are tired of frequent elections

Who has/ had direct democracy?

Switzerland has been the closest direct democracy.

Citizens regularly vote to approve laws passed by their legislature.

Each citizen had an equal voice in public affairs, and decisions, once made, had widespread support.

This form of direct democracy is known as the referendum process.