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Liberal democracy has been the dominant system of democracy in many Western countries for the past 100-200 years.
Deliberative democracy involves citizens coming together in grassroots forums to discuss, debate and deliberate on specific policy issues and frameworks.
Direct democracy calls for elected representatives and assemblies to be supplemented or replaced with new institutions and processes where citizens can engage face-to-face to decide on policy outcomes.
Global democracy advocates supplementing or replacing democracies at a nation-state level with a global system where the interests of all citizens are represented in a single global forum.
E-democracy refers to a range of innovations and proposals to embed digital technology into democratic political and policy-making processes.
This term describes the growing distance and disinterest between citizens and their elected representatives.
This term describes shortfalls in key attributes of democratic systems.
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