edd asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 2 months ago

Difference between a representative democracy and a republic? I don’t even know what a republic is, the definitions online make no sense to?

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    A Republic primarily concerns itself with a stable Rule-of-Law, not how political decisions are arrived at. Thus, the Republic could be run by an Oligargy or elected officials. A Democracy, especially a pure Democracies primary concern is just the opposite. It's main concern is about how those political decisions are arrived at, and that method is all about voting by the people directly or by their representatives, who are then themselves voted on by the people. Stable Rule-of-Law is far less important because there really isn't any, it's what the majority of people want at any particular time. It is often referred to as mob rule.

    For this reason, many countries are a hybrid of the two, Democratic Republics. Which combine the best of the two systems to one degree or another which varies from country to country.

  • 2 months ago

    They describe different aspects of the way a country's government functions.  It's entirely possible - likely, in fact - for a given country to be both.

    A republic is any nation where the authority of the government is derived from the will of the public, and offices are not hereditary.

    A representative democracy is one where officials are elected to represent the interests of their constituents in the government.

    The U.S. is both.

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