What Are 10 Merits And Demerits Of Democracy?


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David Gill Profile
David Gill answered
The ten merits and demerits of Democracy as listed in Political Theory and Political Thought by Arora & Aswathy (2007) are as follows

  • The 10 merits of Democracy
1. The best form of all government
2. An ethical concept
3. Alike considerations for all citizens
4. Cooperation between the specialists and laymen
5. Public Education
6. Ennoblement of the people
7. Patriotism
8. Reduction of the danger of revolution
9. Responsiveness
10. Responsibility

  • The 10 demerits of Democracy
1. Rule of the irresponsible multitude
2. Oligarchy of the worst type
3. Rule of the political parties
4. Rule of the ignorance
5. Cult of incompetence
6. Psychological case against Democracy
7. Government of the people - not practicable
8. Expensive
9. Bribery and corruption
10. Ill-education

It is impossible to go into everything here in any great detail therefore I will attempt to give a brief overview of some of the major tenets outlined above.

  • The merits of Democracy in a nut shell
Democracy is deemed the greatest form of all government, as unlike an Autocracy there is no single entity in control. Instead the ultimate decision making is handed over to the people, and value is given to the individual like in no other political system, which allows everyone their 'say' and purportedly affords as much importance to the proletariat as it does to the elite of the society.

  • The demerits of Democracy in a nut shell
Contrary to the democratic ideal, which is a laudable and pragmatic approach to government, the reality of a democratic system sees a closer resemblance to a Plutocracy; a political system run by and for the very wealthy. In practice, a political party is elected on their policies and manifesto, and then the bulk of the decision making is handed over to that party with the trust of the people that the government will adhere to the promises. Another disadvantage is that the general public are passionate but fickle, and are not always adequately politicized which may see a party elected for their image rather than their rhetoric.
Maleeha Kiyani Profile
Maleeha Kiyani answered
1. Main objective of Democracy is welfare of people.
2. It empowers people.
3. It is based on equality.
4. It upholds liberty and brotherhood among people.
5. Stability of government. Enhanced efficiency of government.
6. It is optimistic about human nature.
7. It domestically accountable the opposition.
Ellie Hoe Profile
Ellie Hoe answered
Democracy is an ancient form of governance originally introduced by ancient Greeks. The first democratic regime in ancient times was installed by Romans who had representatives of the state in the state senate. That was the most rudimentary and basic form of democracy. Ideally it is described as a government of the people, for the people and managed by the people. Democracy goes hand in hand with certain ideals of Capitalism for it's economic policies and has a general safeguard constitutionally for the basic rights of people. Some merits of democracy are as follows :

1) All constituents are represented in state national and parliamentary assemblies. There are provisions for even minorities. Special interest groups or parties can voice their opinions and take an active role in policy making and amending bills for their interests.

2) All have a right to ideally profess their belief systems, pursue an education, the right to health services, right to voice their opinions and take part in governance.

3) The state provides for welfare of the people ideally.

Demerits are as follows :

1) It gives rise to rigid class structures and since it believes in the power of numbers voices of rational dissent are often stifled and one majority tends to cannibalize the share of other minorities.

2) Some people tend to become over privileged at the expense of others. The social ergonomics are extremes and find parallels only in the jungle law.

3) Presidential systems have a tendencies to turn into despotism or a person centered autocratic rule.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
1)the rules are accountable to the people.
2)enhances the dignity of citizens.
3)it provides a method to solve conflicts especially  in a divorce  country like india.infact democracy helps to keep our country together.
4)based on the principle of political equality.
Amanda Wells Profile
Amanda Wells answered
The major one is that you can't change it, so whatever harm such a government does the people are stuck with it. Other disadvantages include a lack of innovation and debate - as there is no forum for people to present new ideas or criticise the system, you get a lack of progress. Also, leaders who are not accountable tend to try less hard to do a good job.
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* Democracy makes business simple. (Live and let live. Give and Take. The more you feed the politicians the more your business prospers.

* Democracy builds more millionaires. (Our M La's & MP's become millionaires in just a few years.)

* Poor are taken good care of. (Our politicians
distribute sarees, clothes, blankets, rice at Rs. 2, booze, etc.
Although it is a limited time offer only before elections. But these
few days poor live like kings.)

* Family ties are stronger in democracy. (Our
politicians lead by example in this. Take good care of all family
members. Once in power they make sure all the  family members are well
settled in govt jobs or those who are in business prosper and flourish.)

* Democracy promotes employment. Many professions gain
from democratic set-up. Professions like printers as they are always
busy in printing election campaign material like flags, banners, etc.
Election commission is always busy making new voter cards. Every other
year elections happen so parties always need campaigners. Unemployed
youth get paid for every rally, every bandh they participate in.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Through international trading each country can exchange their goods across boundaries.
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