A complex response to a simple question
“Who should rule?”
Who wins an election?
Depends on what kind of election
Candidate with the most votes?
Government can win with less votes
o More votes in certain ridings
o The number of seats matter, not the overall vote
Three different ways democracy has been used
Direct vs. indirect democracy
Democracy as a contested term
Does it mean anything anymore?
What is its etmology?
o Rule of the people
Democracy is two things: it is about the people, and about the rulers
“Democratic government means peoples freely chosen by and responsible to the
- John Plamenatz
1. Democracy as sovereignty of the people?
Corporations have the same rights as citizens
Sovereignty means ultimate authority in a territory
Have to be aware that there are limitations on what a government can do
Multinational corporations, the UN etc.; challenges to the state (places
Who are the people?
o Women, aboriginals were not always people when it came to
o The people: universal suffrage
Who should rule?
o Predominantly men
o Have a connection to law o If democracy is suppose to represent the people, there should be a
variety of people to repre