Presentation on theme: " Began in Ancient Greece/Rome over 2500 years ago Every citizen had the right and responsibility to participate in the city gov’t and all citizens."— Presentation transcript:
Began in Ancient Greece/Rome over 2500 years ago Every citizen had the right and responsibility to participate in the city gov’t and all citizens had an equal vote, this is direct democracy All citizens met to debate and vote first hand. Would this work today? Why or why not? Representative democracy: Citizens choose a smaller group to represent them in gov’t The United States is the oldest representative democracy Foundations of Democracy
Principles of Democracy 1.“Government of the people, by the people, and for the people” Power comes from the people Citizens run gov’t through their representatives Government exists to make the US a better place for its citizens to live
Principles of Democracy 2.Free, fair, and competitive elections must be held One person = one vote Candidates have the right to express views freely to the public Legal requirements for voting must be kept at min. (age, residence, citizenship) Vote freely by secret ballot
Principles of Democracy 3.All people have equal opportunity to develop talents 4.Majority Rule: when differences arise we will abide by what most people want and still respect the rights of those in the minority Rights of the minority can be difficult to maintain if society is under stress Japanese after WWII and Muslims after 9/11
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