Other than being a good learning opportunity it gives the people a voice in the government. The article Why Jury Trials are Important to a Democratic Society says “We do not want judges and lawyers making every important decision; they are not representative of the people of the United States. Juries provide the voice of common sense and the perspective of the citizen to our developing law of the land.” Judges and lawyers are only a small part of people in the United States having juries allows for all different people to come and represent their opinion and make a choice based solely on common sense and
Locke believed that the government was made up by the people of the society. Similar, to today`s democracy where the government focuses on the people`s happiness since they control who gains authoritative power. Locke’s contribution to the concept of consent, and natural rights are components of modern governments especially in democracy (Stanka). Locke, observed that the need to constitute a civil society was to protect and maintain freedom; moreover, he noted that it lacked an established, settled known law; a known indifferent judge; and an executive to enforce just decisions. Furthermore, Locke argued for the supremacy of the Legislature within the institutions of government.
Voting is also a democratic process. The main action is set by the government or can even be set upon citizens’ request. However, it is executed by the American citizens. According to US Citizenship and Immigration Service (n.d). “Voting ensures that our system of government is maintained and individual voices are clearly heard by elected officials.” For instance, this responsibility was set to be a guide law to citizens for them to understand the importance of voting.
Democracy signifies participation of the people in the execution of their regime (Beramendi 2008). A democratic government is run by the people and its aim is public interest. Similarly, Backer and Raveloson (2008) explain democracy as a government which comes into power through general public, is practiced by the public and is there to work for the best interest of the public. Democracy can also be understood in opposition of other government systems; dictatorships, monarchies and aristocracies. In government systems, other than democracy, mostly, people have no or minute control over who will rule their state; contrarily, in democracy, people themself decide who will govern them or how their country will be run (Zimmermann 2012).
The first being it allows people to have a voice while still being under the influence of government officials. To be more specific a representative democracy will create this government in which the people are able to exercise power without being in total control. An example of this system in action would be the U.S. Although the U.S does not run a perfect government it does however ensure people’s opinions being heard at the least. Another reason a representative democracy is the ideal choice is it practices the use of each individuals rights such as the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.
Lieberman Election forms the backbone of our democracy. Our democratic setup confers on us, i.e. , the right to elect the representatives of the state . Besides, the elected people have the right to choose the head of the state. The welfare of the people in any country shall be ensured by the Governance.
Lijphart and Ranney have positioned their stand with regard to voting and nonvoting. For Lijpart, compulsory voting is a prerequisite in order to have a strong democracy while Ranney’s view of nonvoting is that it is not a social disease. Comparison with these ideas is vital because there’s a need to fully appreciate the relevance of voting in a democratic state. High voter turnout could mean that people are satisfied as to how the government provides for their needs and promotes their general welfare. On the other hand, low voter turnout could mean that there is something in the government that needs to be improved.
According to Sadaro (2004) as stated in Campbell (2008)“The essential idea of democracy is that the people have the right to determine who governs them. In most cases, they elect the principal governing officials and hold them accountable for their actions. Democracies also impose legal limits on the government’s authority by guaranteeing certain rights and freedoms to their citizens” (p. 5). In a report by Cilliers and Schuenemann ( 2013.p 1) they stated that “While higher levels of democracy are generally associated with greater peace in the longer term, democratization can also be a ‘shock’ for societies and has the potential to trigger violence in the short and medium term”. Some scholars have contended to this definition since their argument being that if you equate democracy with public offices or with government official who have been elected but they are not accountable of their action then it does not make sense to define democracy.
Sindane (2009a:10), on the other hand, identifies three pillars of good governance as accountability, ethics and trust; and argues that the best political system for good governance is the democratic political system with its purported transparent, accountable and representative features. “Governance will be good if government attains its goal of ‘good life for all through creating enabling conditions for individuals and groups to lead a good and satisfactory quality of life. In the South African context, it is prudent to mention the ‘Ubuntu’ way of life as accentuating good governance because of its emphasis on sharing, solidarity, compassion, collective brotherhood and collective morality” (Sindane 2009a:9). According to Fourie (2009a:1115), theories of good governance contend that governance and democracy are essential conditions for the development of societies. As for the public sector, the political environment requires a different mode of governance, wherein it mostly focuses on the checks and balances and especially the value systems that emphasizes the issues of ethics and codes of conduct.
Indeed, people are the sovereign of the state, in a sense that they choose their own representative or government to be governed by them. The ruler of a democratic system differs from other political systems by its accountability to the people for its every action. The liberal democracy is the most popular form of a political system of the present