To better understand the problems democracy faces, we must first understand the
principles of democracy. "Democracy is a system of rule that permits citizens to play
a significant part in the governmental process," according to American Government
by Theodore Lowi and Benjamin Ginsberg (A32). There are various interpretations of this
definition and consequently many models of democracy. These models can be separated into
two categories, direct and indirect. In direct democracies, all citizens are actively
involved in making decisions, while in indirect democracies, citizens elect
representatives to make laws and administer governmental affairs (Green 27).