representative democracy

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

Examples:

  1. Australia
  2. France
  3. Germany
  4. Italy
  5. Spain
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States

Audio Pronunciation: (rep·re·sen·ta·tive de·moc·ra·cy)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: representative democracies

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How to Cite the Definition of Representative Democracy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “representative democracy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (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)

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“representative democracy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 20153. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/representative-democracy/>.