As a citizen of Democratic Republic, we have great power because we have responsibility of informing ourselves on the issues and voting for the candidates that we believe in. Although it is sad but it is true that citizens do not use the power that rightfully given them by democratic government. Nation’s development depends on citizens and how they understand the politics. That is why voting is such an important duty of citizen. For example, voting in elections is good to know the democratic system of government is protected and give people to have a voice in government.
Transparency contributes to democratic life as it means the people of a country know what is happening in the government and what they are doing. In a democracy, the people who voted for the governing party have a right to know what their government is doing. (www.whitehouse.gov/the_press.../TransparencyandOpenGovernment/) I feel that this is one of the principles of democracy that is applied least in today’s society, although it should be one of the easiest and most important that they should comply
Political corruption has main responsibility for abetting the misuse of power in bureaucracy and the concerned sectors. Once political parties and leaders refrain from abusing power, there shell be multiplier effect in improving the governance profile of the country. On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day prime minister of Nepal admitted corruption being pervasive in Nepal for the involvement of political parties and high officers in graft though the government has a policy of zero tolerance against corruption. He emphasized on making anti-corruption law more stringent (nepalnews.com,
According to Sue Vander Hook, “In a pure, or, direct, democracy, the power to govern lies directly in the hands of the people, who vote individually on each issue” (Hook). In this type of government, citizens would have a say by voting for their leaders. Voting helps the society remain balanced because each vote is valued the same. A democratic government would supply the society with equality and structure so the citizens are respected. The second area to improve is transportation.
The perceived legitimacy of governments stems from the powers the governments hold, how they enforce laws, and how their citizens act on them. The different political organizations throughout the world mainly depend on the two pathways that an organization can take. The first being consensus, which is linked to democratic rule, in which people are brought together and create common rule based on their needs of protection and security. Coercion on the other hand, is very much linked with authoritarian rule, in which a ruler brings people together and monopolizes the authority and security through dominated the power of the people. In order for a country to be considered legitimate, the people must trust the efforts and aim of the country,
When only a narrow group of people attain personal gains regardless of the common interest, the legitimacy and validity of the government ends to be questioned. People who are excluded from those elitist groups start not paying taxes since they do no longer feel responsible for doing so. Even if they do recognize the immorality of corruption, they cede to behave as the ones who exploit them. As Susan Rose-Ackerman states, “one indirect impact of corruption is to persuade people that it is acceptable not to pay taxes because government has been captured by corrupt officials and those who support them”
Because journalism is where citizens are informed and motivated to act. Journalism is the essence bridge to make sure democracy works. The first claim that journalism can do for democracy is informing the public. In practice, a relatively successful democracy requires both the equal division of constitutional framework and the participation of the citizens, which is the ultimate democracy authorities. By delivering political information to the citizens, journalism enables citizens with knowledge to vote with sense and to involve in the process of self-government (Schudson, 2008).
This is in the sense that, the quality of the government policies being implemented determines its popularity. The civil servants will then provide the correct information or data based on the interest of the citizens for the government to formulate so that it will gain its popularity. Popularity is gained when the civil servants are able to suit the interests of the people. This will make the people have an interest in the ruling government. Therefore if the core of the civil service is robbed in the party colors of the ruling party, they would implement the policies very well to suit the people’s interest and this would make the ruling government legitimate and also make them popular
There will be no place for corruption when the ideals of democracy are actualized in Indian democracy. Corruption can be uprooted by good governance with transparency and accountability which the RTI aims to do. Corruption can be addressed by the three ways: 1) when citizens participate and perform vigilant watch dog; 2) when more power is given to anti-corruption institutions; and 3) when corrupt politicians are checked. Transparency is prerequisite to healthy democracy because secrecy breeds corruption. It makes democracy weak and ineffective in promoting the basic democratic principles of equality, justice and fraternity.
(Coronel, 2004) said that corruption worsens income equity and poverty where instead of helping the poor and the needy, the government or the governmental institutions to be specific seek to largely contribute to services which is not even used and is not that relevant or is used by the people. Corruption also is said to damage the legitimacy and democracy of the government where citizens become suspicious towards the intentions of the authority. As (Johnston, 1997) stated, corruption begets bad politics, and bad politics begets further corruption; where politics and corruption as viewed nowadays are intertwined. Corruption is said to endanger public order and safety, where the laws are being bent and the people are not regulating the forces of the government which leads to massive riots and slow decline of governmental