By Trevor Munroe
Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader attracted to the fundamentals of latest politics.
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The peer group socializes new members to conform to its ways of thinking and acting. It is a powerful source of political upbringing. The corner group or “crew”, which can be found in inner-city communities in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world, is a peer group with a big influence on collective behaviour and collective ways of relating to authority. The gang is a very important peer group and to the extent that some gangs are more organized than others, they may also qualify as secondary sources of political socialization (described below).
Distinctions need to be made within the category of democracy in examining the nature and character of democratic states. 9 TYPES OF DEMOCRACY DIRECT AND INDIRECT DEMOCRACY Direct and indirect democracy may be distinguished according to how the people exercise their power or their rule in the democratic state. However, as with authoritarian and democratic states, these types do not exist in pure form. Direct Democracy A direct democracy, sometimes called a participatory democracy, is a state in which the people themselves play a more direct role in running the state, in making laws and taking decisions.
When issues relate to moral questions. For example in many European states, particularly those that are predominantly Roman Catholic, the issue of abortion is a very controversial one and in a number of cases that issue was determined not by elected representatives but by the people themselves voting in a referendum. Similarly, in a number of states in the United States, the controversial issue of whether ganja should be decriminalized or legalized, either totally or for specific purposes, was not decided by the elected representatives but by the people.
An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year Students by Trevor Munroe