Representative Democracy in the U.S. Analytical Essay by capital writers

Representative Democracy in the U.S.
This paper evaluates the representativeness of the American political process, as set forth by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence during the current international situation.
# 28597 | 1,675 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 30, 2003 in Political Science (General) , Hot Topics (General) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars)

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This paper explains representative democracy, in which voters elect their representatives to act in their interest, is distinguished from direct democracy, in which the people are directly involved in decision making of the government. The paper cites examples from the structural, political, and governmental level institutions and examines a few contemporary policy issues to evaluate the current "representative" the U.S. system. The author believes that the democracy being currently practiced in the U.S. is not as representative as most of us would like it to be even given the current situation.

Table of Contents
The Governmental Level
The Electoral College
The U.S. Senate
The Supreme Court
Political Linkages Level
Independent & Free Media
Interest and Lobby Groups
Structural Level
The Society
Policy Issues/ Debates
The Impending Iraq War
Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

From the Paper:

"The Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners kept in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps without trial, charges or the opportunity of defense for indefinite periods is another policy issue that runs counter to the American traditions of democracy and human rights. It may be true that some (or even most of the prisoners are evil terrorists who deserve no sympathy). This still does not justify a policy of being declared guilty without a trial. It is even reported that some of the prisoners may have been handed over to the American authorities by Afghan warlords due to their personal enmities or in order to win rewards, practices that are not unknown in that part of the world. Continued detention of these prisoners without trial (or being declared prisoners of war as demanded by the Amnesty International) does not put a favorable light on American representative democracy."

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