An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year by Trevor Munroe

By Trevor Munroe

Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader drawn to the fundamentals of up to date politics.

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Democratic states are in the vast majority in the modern world. Therefore, the question arises, are all democratic states the same or are there differences? While democratic states have in common the recognition of the rights and freedoms described above, there are nevertheless subtypes of democracy. Distinctions need to be made within the category of democracy in examining the nature and character of democratic states. 9 TYPES OF DEMOCRACY DIRECT AND INDIRECT DEMOCRACY Direct and indirect democracy may be distinguished according to how the people exercise their power or their rule in the democratic state.

Elections in these countries, when they do take place, are neither fair nor free. They are rigged, to one degree or another. 2. There is either only one political party that has any real chance of holding state power or there is no political party because, as in the case of a military dictatorship, political parties are banned. 3. In these states, political rights are extremely restricted. By political rights, we mean the right, for example, to form a political party or the right to join a civic association.

In the same way, there is no pure democracy. Rights and freedoms are never absolute. We can distinguish two different periods in the life of a democratic state: normal times and extraordinary times or times of emergency. In normal times, when life is more or less ordinary, with no emergency, the rights and freedoms in a democratic state are limited to some extent by law. For example, every democracy has some limitations on the right of free speech. There is no democracy in the world where you would be able to go into a crowded cinema and shout “fire” when there is no fire.

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