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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By this, the long wished-for opportunity was offered to "True" Socialism of confronting the political movement with the Socialist demands, of hurling the traditional anathemas against liberalism, against representative government, against bourgeois competition, bourgeois freedom of the press, bourgeois legislation, bourgeois liberty and equality, and of preaching to the masses that they had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by this bourgeois movement.
He was always a devoted Whig, because he believed that the party system was the only available basis for representative government; but he believed also, and truly, that the Whig party, controlled though it was by a limited and largely selfish oligarchy of wealthy nobles, was the only effective existing instrument of political and social righteousness.
She emphasizes the capacity that populist movements have to construct a regime from within constitutional democracy, viewing it not as oppositional and with leaders who are incapable of governing but as a new form of representative government based on a direct relation between the leader and those in society that the leader defines as the "right" or "good" people and the authority of the audience.
The joint declaration observed that 'there was no alternative to a constitutional, civilian, democratic and peoples' rule as reflected through a sovereign parliament, autonomous provincial assemblies, authoritative local governments, participatory federation and provincial autonomy, subordination of all institutions of the state to the will of the people (parliament), a responsible and truly representative government serving the interests of the downtrodden people of Pakistan.'
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the U.S Embassy in Khartoum said the visiting diplomat commended the TMC on their decision to heed the people of Sudan's legitimate demand for a civilian-led, inclusive and representative government that respects human rights.
Information: There must be a two-way flow of meaningful information between civil society and representative government so that both sectors can make informed decisions.
For well over 165 years, they have played a key role in our representative government. They are the best stage I know for broad economic, political and social change.
The people of Scotland and Northern Ireland did not vote to leave the EU but they have had this forced on them by Mrs May's PS1.5bn bribe to the DUP which threatens peace in Ireland and our whole democratic process by placing a plebiscite above parliamentary representative government.
Every country in the world has some form of representative government.
"It is a prime duty of the people to free our government from the control of money in politics," and "unless representative government does absolutely represent the people it is not representative government at all." As a result, he demanded, "as weapons in the hands of the people, all governmental devices which will make the representatives of the people more easily and certainly responsible to the people's will."
In theory, a failing representative government, and the one that has violated the mandate trust of the voters can be recalled, even by 'rebellion' according to English philosopher John Locke.
Elected representatives and party leaders should start making preparations for the election so that we could succeed in the polls and set up a democratic and representative government of people in true sense', he added.

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