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Direct Democracy is a movement within the British Conservative Party dedicated to localism and constitutional reform as a means of reviving public confidence in the political system. The group's founding text - Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party - was published in 2005 and was followed by a series of localist papers on constitutional reform, education, law and order, foreign policy, welfare reform and the environment. Direct Democracy's agenda features heavily in the Daily Telegraph and inspired the paper's ongoing Think Local campaign. In a testament to Direct Democracy's campaigning effectiveness and influence within the Conservative Party, many of their proposals have now become official Party policy - e.g. directly-elected sheriffs, the right of citizens' initiative, and supply-side school reform.

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Its supporters and contributors comprise MPs from the 2005 general election intake, MEPs, councillors, parliamentary candidates and activists. They include the following:

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of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, example for direct democracy in Switzerland]]

In a direct democracy, which is also called pure democracy the decicions are not taken by representatives. All decisions are made at the level of the people..[1] When a budget or law needs to be passed, then the idea goes to the people. This obviously could get very complicated but if broken down into state levels of the same system it could be done. There would be no political action groups because they would have to pay off the entire population of the country. Taxes could not be raised without the permission of the people. The few would no longer rule the many and the government would not cost so much money just to operate. In indirect, or representative democracy, citizens elect representatives to make laws on their behalf. This is what most modern countries have today, because of the difficulties in getting millions of people together to do direct democracy (there is not enough time or space).

References

  1. "Democracy Conference". Innertemple.org.uk. http://www.innertemple.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=250&Itemid=198. 

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