Democracy

Democracy

About Democracy

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equallyeither directly or through elected representativesin the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination. The term originates from the Greek: (dmokrata) 'rule of the people', which was coined from (dmos) 'people' and (kratos) 'power', around 400 BCE, to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens. A democratic government contrasts to forms of government where power is either held by one, as in a monarchy, or where power is held by a small number of individuals, as in an oligarchy or aristocracy.