Democratic Law and Legal Definition

Democratic is a term used to characterize a system of government in which effective political power is vested in the people. Traditionally, the term was used to describe governmental systems in which the population exercised this power directly through general assemblies or referenda to decide the most important questions of law or policy. In more modern usage, the term has been broadened to include also what the American Founding Fathers called a republic -- a governmental system in which the power of the people is normally exercised only indirectly, through freely elected representatives who are supposed to make government decisions according to the popular will.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the national party organization for the Democratic Party of the United States. It was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1792. The Democratic Party was originally called the "Republicans" or "Democratic-Republicans." In 1830 the name was shortened to just "Democrats."