6.5 Consulting the People

Ways of consulting the people affected by political decisions, by involving them directly or by electing politicians as representatives.

6.5.1  Representative Democracy

elected politicians take decisions for the people and negotiate on their behalf

6.5.2  Direct Democracy

involving the public directly in taking political decisions, without politicians as intermediaries

6.5.3  Consultative Governance

politicians asking people what they want, ensuring that all views are taken into account

The next segment is about political subsidiarity – levels of authority – from individual responsibility to international governance bodies.



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