Representative democracy

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REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY. A form of government where the powers of the sovereignty are delegated to a body of men, elected from time to time, who exercise them for the benefit of the whole nation. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 31.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And wasn't it Imran Khan who would do the rounds reminding everybody of how freedom of speech was at the heart of representative democratic government?
Granting provincial autonomy is a further step in ensuring a fairer more representative democratic structure for a country with highly diverse provinces.
What makes our country even more unique is that beyond our government, private organizations all over our nation have modeled their governance on a system of representative democratic elections.
Mandela was a former president of South Africa, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, who held office from 1994 to 1999.
Speakers while paying tribute to the great leader of international stature said Nelson Mandela was a country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Malaysia is a federal representative democratic constitutional monarchy where the prime minister is head of government.
This is designed to promote representative democratic institutions and help to raise awareness of LGBTI rights as human rights.
Being a presidential representative democratic republic, the government is led by a president, vice president, a cabinet and parliament elected for a five-year term.
That participatory and representative democratic structure meant effectively engineered local "parliaments of the labour movement".
Ecuador, a representative democratic republic bordered by Colombia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean, has been declared by International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index 2015 as the best country to retire to.
The dearth of public confidence in their elected leaders on Capitol Hill is yet another sign of the challenges that could face incumbents in 2014's midterm elections -- as well as more broadly a challenge to the broad underpinnings of the nation's representative democratic system.

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