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Is Democracy the best form of governance?

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Started: 10/6/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Democracy is a form of government in which power ultimately comes from the people who are governed, whether through direct voting or through elected representatives.
Monarchy is a form of government where a royal family runs a country.
Dictatorship is a form of government where only one person exercises maximum powers.


Just like every other Political belief it is an amazing CONCEPT.

Just think about it at it's bare minimum in a small town, they go to town meetings and the town votes on laws to pass, and where to spend the budget.

Do I think it is the best?
It is on top in theory, where it gets sketchy is when you introduce it to a large scale and back it with money. Where people can pay for votes, and a system like the electoral college, which was invented in a time in which most of the country couldn't read or understand politics. Now not even the people have a say many a time where the popular vote got thrown away for the outdated system of the electoral college. I do not think democracy is broken, I just think that people don't adapt to the ever changing world and they focus on a set of rules that have been almost the exact same for 300+ years.

So yes democracy is a good form, but it is in err when greed takes over
Debate Round No. 1


Democratic form of governance often leads to inefficiency. It so happens that the parliamentarians, who are elected by the people, find themselves busy with making money rather than running the affairs of the country. This happens in a lot of democracies and leads to corruption.

The democratic form of government needs political parties to form the government. But this would make the elected representatives to concentrate more on the affairs of political parties rather than the interests of the general public. In major democracies like India, we see politicians trying to make legislations that only satisy the needs of his/her fellow party members.

Another fact which needs to be noted is that the democratic form is a very expensive affair. Elections are a costly event but the campaigning of the candidates is even more expensive. One must remember that each penny used by these candidates is a burden for the common tax payer.


Contrary to popular belief, Democracy can be effective in a non-bipartisan world. That is the reason why the voting of the people should be focused on. Like most forms of government the exact laws and rules to create a democracy has not successfully been implemented. Mainly because the average politician sees nothing but greed and "power" that he doesn't really have.

As for the funding for campaigns, that does not come out of tax payer money, it is raised personally by the candidate at first. Then as the candidate gains popularity he gets backing from his political affiliation, but at no point does campaign money get taken out of taxpayer pocket. Even with mass voting, the people who man the voting booths are volunteers.

Democracy is an amazing concept, just because it hasn't been implemented properly does not mean it can't work.
Debate Round No. 2


Big parties contesting elections do get funds from the government which are mostly the money of the public. The overall cost of conducting elections is also high and these high costs should be utilized for the development of the country. It so happens that in a democracy the winning party gets to form the government. But when this happens, chances are high that the majority government might not look upon the interests of the minority.

For example in India, when Narendra Modi led NDA coalition drove to power in national elections last year, there was and still is a fear that his government, which consists of Hindus might not look into the interests of the Christians and other religions, which are a minority in India.

The most important fact is that the development in most democracies(especially the developing countries) is slow. This is because of the time taken to make decisions while in dictatorships and monarchy, development is high.


addam2315 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by leozehrack 2 years ago
Same here
Posted by DATXDUDE 2 years ago
I think dictatorship is the best form of government.
Posted by TheJuniorVarsityNovice 2 years ago
you've been corrected
Posted by leozehrack 2 years ago
But I guess the definition can apply to Democracy also. If I am wrong, please correct me.
Posted by imabench 2 years ago
Your definition of what a 'Democracy' is is literally the definition for what a REPUBLIC is
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