Direct Democracy

Maddie, Kim, Karen


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

Pros & Cons


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


  • 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.