Definition Of Democracy

Democracy is a political system in which the power comes from the people. This system can be in the form of direct democracy, where referendums are decided by the population, or representative democracy, where elected officials run the government. Democracy has its origins in ancient Greece. Most elements of modern democracy developed during the Age of Enlightenment and the American and French Revolutions. Freedom of political expression and freedom of speech are essential components of democracies, so that citizens can be informed and are able to vote in their interests. Democracy is often used as a broad term that also includes equality under the law, human rights, and civil liberties.