Of course, the modern state power structures are very different from their predecessors - the Athenian democracy - because then the right to participate in political life provides a limited range of free men.However, a similar operation took place, as well as criticism of him philosopher Plato.In his dialogue "Protagoras' mouth thinker Socrates ironically observes that during the construction of the building people are turning to the architect, to create a vessel - to the shipbuilder, and only when it comes to governance everyone is willing to try and give advice.In his work "The State" Plato calls directly least successful democracy system, so the crowd can not make effective decisions.Agrees with his predecessor, and Aristotle, wh
o in "Politics" low score for democracy.According to the philosopher, it is naturally degenerates into a "mob rule" - the power of the crowd.
cradle of modern democracy are considered to be the United States.Its principle is based on the idea of ​​inalienable natural rights - life, liberty, property.Then we have developed elective institutions.However, by universal suffrage, all countries were more than one year or even one century.For example, in America women were able to vote only in 1920, and the property and educational qualifications were canceled only in the 70s of the last century.Today refuse anyone in the suffrage, then cast doubt on his human dignity.Often, by democracy is meant not the political regime of a particular performance and the level of humane society and values ​​of human rights and freedoms.
Conceptually, as an ideal model, democracy is a fair arrangement of the political system, in which everyone has a chance to vote for the representative of the party, expressing their interests.What exists is far from ideal democracy does not make this model less viable than the other modes.But elections by themselves do not bring justice as long as the level of legal culture and civic awareness remains low.