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representative democracy

Definition of Representative Democracy

(noun) A democratic political system whereby an individual is elected by popular vote by the people to represent their interests.

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Representative Democracy Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌrɛprəˈzɛn(t)ədɪv dᵻˈmɑkrəsi/
    • British English
      • /ˌrɛprᵻˈzɛntətɪv dᵻˈmɒkrəsi/
  • Syllabification: (rep·re·sen·ta·tive de·moc·ra·cy)

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Cite the Definition of Representative Democracy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “representative democracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

representative democracy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “representative democracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“representative democracy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 20153. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/>.