Democracy : What is democracy?

  • dēmos 'people' and kratos 'rule.

  • Power in the hands of the people.

  • A system of government where the use of power derives its legitimacy from the people

  • The rule of the majority

Liberal Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislators. The decisions on who is considered part of the people and how authority is shared among or delegated by the people have changed over time and at different speeds in different countries, but they have included more and more of the inhabitants of all countries. Cornerstones include freedom of assembly and speech, inclusiveness and equality, membership, consent, voting, right to life and minority rights.