6.4.2  Public Pressure, Including the Need for Popular Support

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The population gives politicians power to use on its behalf (6.1.2).  In a democratic system a politician is empowered by receiving votes ( whereas people’s support is tacit in an authoritarian system (6.3.1), but in both cases politicians are dependent on popular support.  This pressure can affect political governance in two ways:

·      People might directly express their concerns (;

·      Politicians might take populist decisions to avoid discontent (

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