Chapter 7. Outcomes of Democracy

• Democracy is better because it promotes equality among citizens, enhances dignity of individual, improves quality of decision-making, provides a method to resolve conflicts, and allows room to correct mistakes.
• Democracy produces a government that is accountable to citizens, and responsive to needs and expectations of citizens.
• democratic government develops mechanisms for citizens to hold government accountable and mechanisms for citizens to take part in decisionmaking whenever they think fit.
• Democracy is based on idea of deliberation and negotiation.
• Democracies are based on political equality. All individuals have equal weight in electing representatives.
• Democracy stands much superior to any other form of government in promoting dignity and freedom of individual.
• Democracies have had greater success in setting up regular and free elections and in setting up conditions for open public debate.
• Democratic governments do not have a very good record when it comes to sharing information with citizens.
• Democratic government is legitimate. It may be slow, less efficient, not always very responsive or clean. But a democratic government is people’s own government.
• Democracy remains democracy only as long as every citizen has a chance of being in majority at some point of time. If someone is barred from being in majority, based on birth, then democratic rule ceases to be accommodative for that person or group.
• Democracy in India has strengthened claims of disadvantaged and discriminated sections for equal status and equal opportunity.

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