Citizen Control• This means that all branches and division of government are ultimately under the control of the countrys citizens. The citizens may not directly control every office, but every office ultimately answers to the citizens, elected representatives of the citizens or individuals appointed by and under the control of citizens representatives.
Majority Rule and Individual Liberties• While democracy rests on the basic principle of majority rule, it also protects certain individual rights and liberties and prevents too much power from concentrating in any one individual or group of people.
Human Rights• One of the core functions of a democratic society, and ideally any modern government, is to protect certain basic, fundamental human rights.
Free and Fair Elections• In a democracy, elections are free, fair and open to all citizens.
Citizen Participation• In a modern democracy, in exchange for the protection of their freedoms and civil rights, citizens should see public participation and public service as duties.
Tolerance and Compromise• America.gov quotes Mahatma Gandhi of India when he says "Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit." Democracies practice tolerance, compromise and cooperation.
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