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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Principle of Participation

John Morison, Adam Harkens

Subject(s):
Public interest — Direct democracy — Representative democracy

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Democratic participation is seemingly inherent in the etymology of the word democracy , given that it has arisen as a portmanteau of the Greek words demos (people) and kratia (power or rule), resulting in the strong claim that it represents ‘the rule of the people’. This suggests a method of governance by which the people can make their views heard in democratic institutions, therefore directing the future of the state to some extent. Yet, taking such a literal approach to the meaning of democracy may be unhelpful, as it has come to be a ‘slippery word [with]...
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