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Democracy is an egalitarian form of government in which all the citizens of a nation together determine public policy, the laws and the actions of their state, requiring that all citizens (meeting certain qualifications) have an equal opportunity to express their opinion. In practise, "democracy" is the extent to which a given system approximates this ideal, and a given political system is referred to as "a democracy" if it allows a certain approximation to ideal democracy. Although no country has ever granted all its citizens (i.e. including minors) the vote, most countries today hold regular elections based on egalitarian principles, at least in theory.
So,let's say that one of the options would be India.
Although a lot of people might disagree with me, one of the most democratic countries in my opinion today would be India.
Which do you think is the most democratic country in the World right now
If there are many maybe you can name one that could be considered in the top,if it's possible of course.
Originally posted by GLontra
Many countries in Latin America are real democracies... Not all of them, but many...
South Africa is indeed a respectable country in terms of strengthened democratic values especially in recent years,and as everywhere in the world there are things that can be directed.
I would say that South Africa is a very free country,for personal,individual liberties
Originally posted by redoubt
...If Obama gets another term, people on medicare and SS will probably have RFID chips and be tested monthly for what they eat and who they sleep with.
The instruments of Swiss direct democracy at the federal level, known as civic rights (Volksrechte, droits civiques), include the right to submit a constitutional initiative and a referendum, both of which may overturn parliamentary decisions.
By calling a federal referendum a group of citizens may challenge a law that has been passed by Parliament, if they can gather 50,000 signatures against the law within 100 days. If so, a national vote is scheduled where voters decide by a simple majority whether to accept or reject the law. Eight cantons together can also call a referendum on a federal law.
Similarly, the federal constitutional initiative allows citizens to put a constitutional amendment to a national vote, if they can get 100,000 voters to sign the proposed amendment within 18 months.[note 7] Parliament can supplement the proposed amendment with a counter-proposal, with voters having to indicate a preference on the ballot in case both proposals are accepted. Constitutional amendments, whether introduced by initiative or in Parliament, must be accepted by a double majority of both the national popular vote and a majority of the cantonal popular votes.
Estonia has pursued the development of the e-state and e-government. Internet voting is used in elections in Estonia. The first Internet voting took place in the 2005 local elections and the first in a parliamentary election was made available for the 2007 elections, in which 30,275 individuals voted over the Internet. Voters have a chance to invalidate their electronic vote in traditional elections, if they wish to. In 2009 in its 8th Worldwide Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders ranked Estonia 6th out of 175 countries. In the first ever State of World Liberty Index report, Estonia was ranked 1st out of 159 countries.
I have to agree with you in Switzerland this system it works like a Swiss watch, direct political decisions are not altered by any administrative interfering and vice versa.
I'll enter the bid of Switzerland because their system of "direct democracy" insures that power remains in the hands of the citizenry.
Estonia is a young democracy like all the countries in the region and there for very fragile in terms of political system,but you are right considering the competition could be by choice.
Because it is a modern country, it was able to build its infrastructure from scratch with modern technology as a foundation, so it is one of the few countries with direct internet voting, which, to me, is one of the necessities of a true modern democracy.