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 MajorityruleGovt.by and forthe peopleEveryone equal underthe lawDEMOCRACYElected representatives carry out the people’s willRights of the individual protectedFreedom
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 inwhich the people as awhole make directdecisions, rather thanhaving those decisionsmade for them byelectedrepresentatives
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 IndividualIII: Equality of OpportunityIV: Personal LibertyV: Rule of Law
11 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles 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 Individualeach person has the right to reach their own potentialall 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?
14 American Democracy: Basic Ideals & Principles 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
16 Democracy Definition: Equality in voting Effective participation A system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to the public’s preferences.Equality in votingEffective participationEnlightened understandingCitizen control of the agendaInclusion
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