How does democracy produce an accountable, responsive and legitimate government?

Accountable:

(i) A democracy makes sure that people will have the right to choose their rulers.

(ii) Whenever possible, citizens should participate in the decision-making process.

(iii) This is known as transparency.

(iv) Therefore, the most basic outcome of democracy is that it produces a government that is accountable to citizens and is responsive to the needs and expectations of the citizens.

Legitimate:

(i) There is one aspect in which the democratic government is certainly better than its alternatives.

(ii) That is, a democratic government is a legitimate government.

(iii) It may be slow, less efficient but it is the people's own legitimate government.

Responsive:

(i) People wish to be ruled by representatives elected by them.

(ii) They also believe that democracy is suitable for their country and their problems would be attended to.

(iii) Democracy's ability to generate its own support is itself an outcome that cannot be ignored.