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Direct democracy: Does direct democracy help combat corruption?

  • Direct democracy helps reduce corruption

    Anytime political power is held by few men, or even a few hundred as in a representative democracy, there is always an opportunity for corruption as powerful interests can focus all their attention and money on swaying only a relatively small group of political players. In a direct democracy by contrast, major decisions are voted on by the entire population. While special interests will naturally still try to influence this wider population, bribing or threatening such a large group is impossible, thus greatly reducing corruption.

  • Direct democracy helps reduce corruption.

    Anytime political power is held by few men, or even a few hundred as in a representative democracy, there is always an opportunity for corruption as powerful interests can focus all their attention and money on swaying only a relatively small group of political players. In a direct democracy by contrast, major decisions are voted on by the entire population. While special interests will naturally still try to influence this wider population, bribing or threatening such a large group is impossible, thus greatly reducing corruption.

  • No, Direct Democracy does not help prevent govermental corruption.

    No, direct democracy does not help combat corruption in our governmental system. I do not believe a form of direct democracy exists. As long as there is an elite, rich class, the poorer classes can never be fairly represented. I strongly believe that even with direct democracy, the rich can still lobby for their own control.


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