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Democracy is…... Political Cartoon #1 Title: democracy Artist: Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria Date: February 2, 2005.

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1 Democracy is…..

2 Political Cartoon #1 Title: democracy Artist: Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria Date: February 2, 2005

3 Political Cartoon #2 Title: Meaning of Democracy Artist: Larry Wright, The Detroit News Date: February 1, 2005

4 Political Cartoon #3 Title: Democracy Shuttle Artist: Stephane Peray, Thailand Date: August 10, 2005

5 Characteristics of Democracy DEMOCRACY Majority rule Govt. by and for the people Rights of the individual protected Elected representatives carry out the people s will Freedom Everyone equal under the law

6 Democracy is …. a system of government in which the people rule either directly or through elected representatives

7 Direct (Pure) Democracy A form of democracy in which the people as a whole make direct decisions, rather than having those decisions made for them by elected representatives A form of democracy in which the people as a whole make direct decisions, rather than having those decisions made for them by elected representatives

8 Examples of Direct Democracy referendum - the practice of submitting a law to a popular vote at election time. The law may be proposed by a voter's initiative or by the legislature

9 Examples of Direct Democracy recall - A procedure whereby the voters can vote to remove an elected official from office

10 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles I: Popular Consent (popular sovereignty) II: Respect for the Individual III: Equality of Opportunity IV: Personal Liberty V: Rule of Law I: Popular Consent (popular sovereignty) II: Respect for the Individual III: Equality of Opportunity IV: Personal Liberty V: Rule of Law

11 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles I: Popular Consent (popular sovereignty) government derives its power from the consent of the people I: Popular Consent (popular sovereignty) government derives its power from the consent of the people

12 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles II: Respect for the Individual each person has the right to reach their own potential all entitled to certain unalienable rights II: Respect for the Individual each person has the right to reach their own potential all entitled to certain unalienable rights

13 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles III: Equality of Opportunity all men are created equal What kinds of equality should the government guarantee? Political? Economic? Social? III: Equality of Opportunity all men are created equal What kinds of equality should the government guarantee? Political? Economic? Social?

14 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles IV: Personal Liberty life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness self-determination IV: Personal Liberty life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness self-determination

15 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles V: Rule of Law a government of laws and not of men safeguard of liberty V: Rule of Law a government of laws and not of men safeguard of liberty

16 Democracy Definition: A system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to the publics preferences. Equality in voting Effective participation Enlightened understanding Citizen control of the agenda Inclusion Definition: A system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to the publics preferences. Equality in voting Effective participation Enlightened understanding Citizen control of the agenda Inclusion


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