Difference between a democracy and republic? They seem the same ?
- Walter BLv 72 months ago
-- The two are very different --
-- In a democracy the people elect people to govern for them and the laws made are for the benefit of the people.
-- In a Republic you may have a democracy or you may not. Nazi Germany was a Republic, as was fascist Spain or fascist Italy and many other right wing military dictatorships. Some call the six socialist countries with communist governments as being undemocratic republics. Malaysia and Singapore are called democratic, but they are one-party ruled republics and are certainly not democratic.
- RobLv 42 months ago
In a democracy, the people make the decisions. In a republic, the people elect the people who make the decisions on the behalf of the people.
- UserLv 72 months ago
- SocratesLv 72 months ago
A (pure) Democracy means the people or their representatives vote on everything. There is no permanent law. One day a law is one way, the next it can be completely changed by the people.
A Republic simply says the government is run according to predictable law. How the law is made is left up to other aspects of government, like an emperor, a ruling oligarchy or other.
The Framers wanted a country based on a Republic first with Democratic principles following in support of that. Thus the US is a Democratic Republic.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
No, they are not.
Take UK for instance. It is a democracy because every citizen is entitled to vote for representation. But it is not a republic because the head of the state (as effectively powerless as she actually is) is not elected, being a monarch.
Likewise, you can have a republic without democracy. Republic means that the state is allegedly controlled by the public at large, but if the constitution is written such that only one party is allowed (like in North Korea, which is indeed calling itself a republic), then it does not matter that people can vote, since there is only one name on the ballot.
Usually, republic are democracy. And as far as the system is concerned, democracy is more important to have than a republic, although the republican system is desirable.
- regeruggedLv 72 months ago
In a Democracy majority rules. Citizens vote on every issue. There are no written laws. In a representative republic, citizens vote for representatives. The reps then write and enforce the laws.
- xyzzyLv 72 months ago
Not at all. A republic is a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. A democracy is mob rule where there is no rule of law only the wish of the messes. Democracy has been described as two wolves and a sheep voting on what is for dinner.