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advanced higher USA-1 of the most democratic countries?


Posted 08 November 2004 - 06:35 PM

I know this is meant to be for higher topics but there is no forum for ad higher. I'm currently witing an essay for AH Mod Stud on why the USA is seen as one of the most democratic countries in the world (checks and blances, different branches of govnt etc). Anyone got any points or figures that might be useful, or links to useful websites? Much appreciated! Thanx, Abi


Posted 11 November 2004 - 11:47 AM

Keep doing that, sorry...

The crucial thing about the USA being democratic is just the sheer number of posts that are elected compared to Britain for example. Here we have MPs, MSPs, Councillors, and - in some areas - mayors. The US has the President (obviously), Senators, Members of the House of Representatives at the federal level. They also have state level, with governors and state legislators - and they also have the county level.

Unusually, if you're British, it's the elections to posts that we would never consider "democratising": judges, police chiefs, ven dog catchers.

As far as I'm aware, no other country has quite so many elected posts; this is why the US is more democratic - rather than the "checks and balances", which are found in many other countries' constitutions.

I'll get back later if I find any links...

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