What is the Difference Between Direct Democracy and Indirect Democracy?

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The Difference Between Direct Democracy and Indirect Democracy are as follows:

Direct Democracy:

Is that form of government in which people directly participate in the affairs of the State? In this system, public opinion is expressed directly in Assemblies or queral meetings. All the adult citizens have the right to participate in the meetings of the Assembly where all the laws are passed, taxes are assessed, and appointments to execute, the decisions taken in the Assembly are made.

Since this system is possible only in those states where the population is small and it is possible for all the citizens to participate directly in the affairs of the state, nowadays this system exists only in a few cantons of Switzerland and some states in U.S.A.

Indirect Democracy:

Since the modern states are much larger in size and population, it is not possible for all the citziens to participate directly in the affairs of the state; indirect democracy has been established in almost all the modern states. Under this system, people elect their representatives for a period who run the administration.

If they do not work according to the wishes of the people and for their welfare, they are changed at the time of next elections. People do not directly take part in the affairs of the state. They elect their representatives who conduct the affairs of the state.

Indirect democracy exists in India, England, U.S.A. and France etc.


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