Direct Democracy

By: Pablo Escalante and Brandon Hall

Direct Democracy Definition

A democracy in which the power to govern lies directly in the hands of the people rather than being exercised through their representatives.


  • Pros

    • Raises issues that people may want to hide

    • Restores authority to the people, and makes them responsible.

    • Gets the community involved

    • Makes for better lawmakers

    • Politicians are forced to act on laws instead of throwing them out right away.

    • Helps to gain control over Parliament and the direction of the country.

    • Restores parliamentary government with representatives

    • Makes politicians be accountable Advantages


    • Cost for campaigns

    • The media and government try's to change the decisions made by the people.

    • Uneducated voters

    • More wealthier people get more of a chance to be elected
    • Minority view points may be ignored.
    • Elections for frequent due to impeachments by the people.
    • Religions may have a big factor on who is elected.