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Ryerson University
Politics and Public Administration
POL 128
Joseph Zboralski

Democracy Greek – Demos “We the people” Athenian Democracy - Direct democracy - Citizens Direct control over government decisions - Practiced in Switzerland - Common in US > Referendum government asks people what they want done vote, and whichever way the vote goes, the government does (example: Quebec, 2 incidents, WWI and WWII about drafting young men to go to war, Election systems in Canada) (example: used a lot in US about everything) citizens initiative - group of people that want an initiative - get names from across the state (petition) - government HAS to ask question about initiative to state > Recall o Elect bad leader, sign a petition, force politician to resign  Arnold shawarinegger > Initiative?? Representative Democracy - people don’t have direct say over the decisions that happen - representatives are elected to speak on the behalf of the people - Representatives supposedly smarter then the people - look f
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