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  1. The tradition of government in the United Kingdom was built on Liberalism and Parliamentary rather than democracy
  2. Can we consider these characteristics as democratic?
  3. Is an evolution towards democracy necessary?

In fact, we could set a few provisional requirements to the evaluation of a government as democratic in order to analyze the British particular case. These requirements would be of different natures, and would be related first to the institutional system, then to the society itself. Indeed, the legal frame should be the one of a representative system, in which the different powers would be separate and independent, and in which free elections open to the society with a diversity of candidates could be celebrated. On the social scale, there should be a civil society, autonomous and active, a civil control of the national and local security forces and independent media towards the political power and the economic and pressure groups. These characteristics can be modified throughout this essay, as its purpose is to consider whether the British government is democratic in the light of a non static definition of democracy in today's political world. In order to do so, it will first be examined that the tradition of government in the United Kingdom was not built on democracy, but rather on Parliamentary and Liberalism aspects.

[...] The first assumption is that it is inevitable for the British government to become more democratic, the second is that the current system is accurate and does not need to become more democratic. In practice, both answers converge. To begin with, globalization has been responsible for major shifts in politics and policy in the world. In the British case, it is represented by a certain loss of responsibility by the government, to the hands of non state actors on the international sphere. [...]


[...] These characteristics can be modified throughout this essay, as its purpose is to consider whether the British government is democratic in the light of a non static definition of democracy in today's political world. In order to do so, we will first focus on how the tradition of government in the United Kingdom was not built on democracy, but rather on the Parliamentary system and Liberalism. Then, after this mostly historical consideration, it will be necessary to debate whether these characteristics of the British case can be considered as democratic. [...]

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