What does democracy do

A democracy is a regime where rule is determined by the people. Usually, the rule of the people involves voting either directly on propositions, or indirectly through representatives.

The original Greek word was derived from demos, meaning "the people," and kratein meaning "to rule." So it means '' ruled by the people'' or ''the people rule.''

Essentially, a democracy is a system of government owned and controlled by the majority of those it governs. Decisions on policies and actions by the government are made by the elected representatives of the populace, or by direct plebiscite (propositions decided by a majority vote of the citizens).

The modern concept of a democracy is a form of government in which power is held directly or indirectly by citizens under a free electoral system. Abraham Lincoln referred to the US democracy as a government "by the people, of the people, and for the people." This is one of the best and simplest definitions.

In a democracy, the people who live under it elect their own leaders by voting. The problem of pure democracies can be illustrated by the old proverb about two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.

It works much better in a republic, where the people vote for other people to represent them to the elected leaders, called 'government'; these people use good sense in making decisions, and can be thrown out of office if they do not.