direct democracy

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Democracy without representation, where those entitled to decide do so in sovereign assemblies, and where committees and executives are selected by lot rather than elected. Direct democracy was practised in ancient Athens, and was advocated by Rousseau. Rousseauvian ideals revived under the influence of the New Left in the 1960s and some argue that modern information technology now makes direct democracy possible even in populous places.

Subjects: Social Sciences.

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