Representative Democracy Law and Legal Definition

Representative democracy is a form of democracy founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people. Here, people allow representatives who form an independent ruling body to represent them in the various forms of democratic process and are not directly involved in any of the processes of legislation or lawmaking. This form of democracy is found at the federal level of the U.S., and the branches of government in U.S. act on behalf of the people. To a very large extent, the whole concept of representation depends upon the ability of the people to make their wishes known to their representatives. Representative democracy is often considered as superior to direct democracy because it provides a solution for the problems of mob rule, issue overload, and demagogy.