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DEMOCRACY, government. That form of government in which the sovereign power is exercised by the people in a body, as was the practice in some of the states of Ancient Greece; the term representative democracy has been given to a republican government like that of the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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dislike for, and disappointment with majoritarian democracy vis-a-vis strong judicial review.
Day-to-day majoritarian politics is not what makes up the entirety of a democratic government or even of majoritarian democracy. In the single-voice-form of democracy that Allan seems to prefer, a nation would be unable to sustain its democratic practices against an elected tyranny.
This is what the East's election-winning, unchecked, unaudited, unrestricted and majoritarian democracy can do at best.
Many hitched their wagons to the Congress, hoping for some magnanimous concessions that might materialize after a centralized, majoritarian democracy had come into existence under the Congress.
rights in a majoritarian democracy?; and (2) Does the mobilization of
In the end, these efforts are futile, because promoting majoritarian democracy is itself a normative value....
Researchers are unanimous in their opinion about the Spanish model of transformation ("from consensus to majoritarian democracy" (13)) but they have not yet defined the observed "retreat from democracy." The media, especially the Spanish press, have strong ideological undercurrents, and they are either in favour of one of the two leading parties, or support a national identity at the regional level (e.g.
KEYWORDS: East Asia, democracy, growth, developmental autocracy, developmental democracy, majoritarian democracy
In doing so, he argues that majoritarian democracy, "government by the majority of people", keeps minority groups out of participation in the decision-making process.
Dworkin attacks majoritarian democracy (winner-take-all elections, the campaign against "activist judges") and defends "partnership" (e.g., proportional representation, judicial review, affirmative action, etc.) Though legal positivists and old-time utilitarians may shudder, he speaks up for natural rights, which can trump the "collective good," and for law as a part of political morality.
Perhaps the most attention has been paid to the free and fair rise to power of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP), which Islamist movements in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Syria have heralded as a symbol of Muslim majoritarian democracy -- even explicitly referencing it in the names and platforms of their own parties, movements and factions.
The separationist regime, on the other hand, corresponds with the mixed form or majoritarian democracy. It is not surprising that the four "pure" consensus democracies Germany, Belgium, Austria, and to a lesser extent Switzerland, are successor states to the Holy Roman Empire and exhibit the system of partial establishment.