Definition of Representative Democracy
(noun) A democratic political system whereby an individual is elected by popular vote by the people to represent their interests.
Examples of Representative Democracy
Representative Democracy Pronunciation
Syllabification: rep·re·sen·ta·tive de·moc·ra·cy
- American English – /rep-ri-zEn-tuh-tiv di-mAHk-ruh-see/
- British English – /re-pri-zEn-tuh-tiv di-mOk-ruh-see/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌrɛprəˈzɛntətɪv dɪˈmɑkrəsi/
- British English – /ˌrɛprɪˈzɛntətɪv dɪˈmɒkrəsi/
- Plural: representative democracies
- Representative democracy is contrasted to direct democracy.
- A type of democracy, government, and political system.
- Also called:
- indirect democracy
- representational democracy.
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “representative democracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 25, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/).
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representative democracy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/
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“representative democracy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 20153. Web. 25 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/>.