Wiki: Representative democracy
Here #13681-3: Document the role of political parties, ran_in_93 wrote:
In practice, parties in Canada, present their policies to the people in the form of a national election platform and the party leader sells it to the voters. Unlike America and France, Canada’s problem is there is no vote for it. There should be. No need to elect anybody, because that’s not what parties are there for.
The comment touches on the role and nature of representative democracy.
I just updated the corresponding wiki article:
I am not satisfied with my description. I don't quite know how to phrase it.
I was trying to introduce what the quote was pointing at.
We have to consider:
- people's perception of representative democracies.
- the historical evolution thereof.
- the current factual nature of representation.
- and what people like ran_in_93 and the rest of us would want representation to be like.
Do we want elected representatives to:
- represent a geographical district?
- represent a party or an ideology?
- or to be elected because they are knowledgeable on a specific area of public policy?