Democracy

Democracy [dɪˈmɒkrəsi] (‘rule of the people’) refers to political systems and forms of government in which state power is held by the people. De­mocracies are characterised among other things by ­respect for human rights, the separation of powers, accountability of government, independence of the judiciary, the principle of legality of the administration, a multi-party system, and free and fair elections conducted by secret ballot.

Democracy

Democracy

Interview Democracy

‘It’s a matter of equality’
In democracies, towns and local authorities should be given more powers, says social scientist Shandana Khan Mohmand from the University of Sussex.

In focus

Learning democracy
For the first time, Ugandans are helping to reshape their country’s energy policy. Lawyer Claudia Apio takes her message around local villages calling for real change.