Is the Governance of the UK Legitimate?

Is the governance of the UK legitimate? The term ‘legitimacy’ is a prominent concept in global politics and international relations, which refers to an acceptable actor acting in an acceptable way. The most general and reasonablesource of legitimacy is democracy, the power of people. A state, in order to be considered democratic, must have a balance of power. Meaning that the decision-making power is spread between three branches: executive, legislator and judicial. Moreover, every vote should count equally, and the government should represent …

From a UK standpoint, to what extent is the EU’s Legislative branch democratic? Therefore, is Representative democracy true democracy?

I have heard many an argument for Brexit in the last two-and-a-half years, true (“we’ll be able to create our own trade deals with other countries”) and false (“We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s give that to the NHS”) However, one that I have heard on many an occasion is that “the …

How can we increase voter turn-out at elections?

We live in a world which values democracy. Even the least democratic state has ‘democratic’ in its name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Democracy comes from the Greek ‘Demos’ and ‘Kratia’, meaning, ‘people’ and ‘power’ respectively, therefore Democracy is all power to all people. However, Democracy as we know it is put in danger when people do not vote, as the …

How Democratic is the USA?

  The United States of America is a Federal Presidential Constitutional Republic which consists of fifty states. Nowadays, how democratic the United States is, remains a highly controversial topic. America's form President Abraham Lincoln once said that “Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people, for the people.” The word of suggests that …