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Domesticating Representative Democracy: Re-Inventing the People

Agbude, Godwyns .A. (2011) Domesticating Representative Democracy: Re-Inventing the People. African Research Review., 5 (4). pp. 392-407. ISSN 1994-9057

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World politics has taken a dimension toward global democratization. An undemocratic state is viewed as not having an objective existence among comity of nations. Thus, there is a global attestation and fraternity with the idea of democracy whether in theory or in reality. This deference for democracy has led to the pretentious display by many nations to be democratic. Obviously, given the nature of the modern societies, Representative democracy becomes the most appropriate form of democracy that nations could embrace in their quest for democratization. However, the peculiar weakness of this form of democracy empowers men of weak moral rectitude to exploit it to the detriment of the people whose consent is germane to the enthronement and practice of democracy. Therefore, this paper proposes Naturalized Democracy which the author considers as the most appropriate form of democracy, beyond Representative democracy. The weakness of Representative democracy is that it venerates and pays attention more to the Representatives while Naturalized democracy focuses on the people and holds the Representatives as stewards of the people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domesticating, Representative Democracy, the People, Reinvention and Naturalized Democracy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 14:49
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 14:49

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