Q. 194.0( 2 Votes )

List out the demerits of democracy.

Answer :

While it seems that democracy is the ideal form of government, there the demerits are:

(i) Corruption: Democracies give rise to corruption. Political compromises are made, and the coalition are formed breaking the unity and integrity between political parties. Power and privileges are distributed to supporters of various dominions while the deserving candidates are deprived.

(ii) Inefficiency: Democracies also lead to inefficiency as the political leaders are busy strengthening their position and authority by forming alliances with other parties instead of doing their jobs in the administration. Legal actions and decisions are often taken without proper implementation.

(iii) Expensive: A Democratic form of government places heavy burdens on taxes. Elections for various offices in the government, the election machinery, etc., are all expensive to maintain and time-consuming. It can lead to inefficiency.

(iv) Quantity over Quality: Equality in a democracy treats everyone equally despite their intellect or potential. Due to this, self-serving and opportunist people find their way into the government while genuine people shy away from elections or fall behind. Majority rule also enables the rule of numerous rather than wise.

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