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One of the destructive features of a democracy is that it


Question

One of the destructive features of a democracy is that it

Options

A) is not associated with one party state

B) connotes civil rule

C) facilitates popular participation

D) provided for a unicameral legislature

The correct answer is C.

Explanation:

The most prominent and "destructive" feature about democracy is that its examination never gets over. As democracy passes one test, it produces another test. As people get some benefits of democracy, they ask for more and want to make democracy even better. People get aware of their rights and demand from the form of democracy in their country to get even better. That is where the process of deepening of democracy is required. Not only does it increase expectations but also complaints. Complaining is itself a testimony to the success of democracy. However, popular participation can sometimes slow down the decision process and hence progress. In the words of Winston Churchill, "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

NB: The word "destructive" here does not necessarily mean that this feature of democracy causes great and irreparable damage. Rather, the word can be replaced with "negative" or "not helpful" or "not useful" or "not constructive".

It might also interest you to know that more recently, democracy has been criticized for not offering enough political stability. The argument is that as governments are frequently elected on and off, there tend to be frequent changes in the policies of democratic countries both domestically and internationally. Even if a political party maintains power, vociferous, headline grabbing protests and harsh criticism from the mass media are often enough to force sudden, unexpected political change. Frequent policy changes with regard to business and immigration are likely to deter investment and so hinder economic growth. For this reason, many people have put forward the idea that democracy is undesirable for a developing country in which economic growth and the reduction of poverty are top priority.


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  • The most prominent and "destructive" feature about democracy is that its examination never gets over. As democracy passes one test, it produces another test. As people get some benefits of democracy, they ask for more and want to make democracy even better. People get aware of their rights and demand from the form of democracy in their country to get even better. That is where the process of deepening of democracy is required. Not only does it increase expectations but also complaints. Complaining is itself a testimony to the success of democracy. However, popular participation can sometimes slow down the decision process and hence progress. In the words of Winston Churchill, "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

    NB: The word "destructive" here does not necessarily mean that this feature of democracy causes great and irreparable damage. Rather, the word can be replaced with "negative" or "not helpful" or "not useful" or "not constructive".

    It might also interest you to know that more recently, democracy has been criticized for not offering enough political stability. The argument is that as governments are frequently elected on and off, there tend to be frequent changes in the policies of democratic countries both domestically and internationally. Even if a political party maintains power, vociferous, headline grabbing protests and harsh criticism from the mass media are often enough to force sudden, unexpected political change. Frequent policy changes with regard to business and immigration are likely to deter investment and so hinder economic growth. For this reason, many people have put forward the idea that democracy is undesirable for a developing country in which economic growth and the reduction of poverty are top priority.

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  • Ojo Adebola

    If democracy facilitates popular participation, how then is it destructive?

  • One of the destructive features of a democracy is that it facilitates popular participation.

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  • Israel Ogunbiyi

    I want answer all question before I get corrected

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