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How do you understand the role of citizens or the citizenry in a democracy?


faalzahr's picture

Most people are not aware of every single rule, thus there should be a constitution to held regulation for people for Reference. Democracy provides just and equality to different levels of people in the community. people are not always right when making decisions. Individual decisions sometimes are not the right decisions to make for the community.

M49-Noor's picture

I agree with what you have said. Many people expect our society to be perfect, but how can it be perfect if most of the people dont even care about here local comunities. If people want to see change in our society it has to start in our local community. If people followed the laws, took care of there communities, and paid attention to the local politics then the citizens would be playing there roles in our society.

M58violet's picture

The role of citizen is to get involved and understand the citizenry in a democracy. There are essential components in understanding a role of a citizen.  You must gain knowledge and skills of the government to further understand the democracy. Most importantly a citizen should get involved with the community in order for the government to grow in a more essential pathway. 

M 47's picture

The key role of citizens in a democracy is to participate in public life. Citizens have an obligation to become informed about public issues, to watch carefully how their political leaders and representatives use their powers, and to express their own opinions and interests. Voting in elections is another important civic duty of all citizens. But to vote wisely, each citizen should listen to the views of the different parties and candidates, and then make his or her own decision on whom to support.Participation can also involve campaigning for a political party or candidate, standing as a candidate for political office, debating public issues, attending community meetingsand membership civic meetings, bably best placed in Article 5 on the Judicial Authority.materials ency Council, petitioning the government, and even protesting. A vital form of participation comes through active membership in independent, non-governmental organizations, what we call “civil society.” These organizations represent a variety of interests and beliefs:  farmers, workers, doctors, teachers, business owners, religious believers, women, students, human rights activists. It is important that women participate fully both in politics and in civil society. This requires efforts by civil society organizations to educate women about their democratic rights and responsibilities, improve their political skills, represent their common interests, and involve them in political life. In a democracy, participation in civic groups should be voluntary.  No one should be forced to join an organization against their will. Political parties are vital organizations in a democracy, and democracy is stronger when citizens become active members of political parties.However, no one should support a political party because he is pressured or threatened by others.  In a democracy, citizens are free to choose which party to support.Democracy depends on citizen participation in all these ways.  But participation must be peaceful, respectful of the law, and tolerant of the different views of other groups and individuals.



M57destiny's picture

First the cruical part of it all is first understanding ideas about citizenship such as the citizenship and government. What people don't realize is that active citizenship can change the world in many ways . Active citizenship is all about  getting involved in our local community.For instance, the city of Flint water is bad last year the water was fine. The city of Flint came up with an idea that we should go back to getting water from Flint, but they feel as if getting water from Lake Huron would save the city money. As a citizen I feel that I should have the right to clean water. I'm paying taxes but what is the point when  the water is not clean and safe to drink? Everyone who lives in the city of Flint can not do anything to help make the water better. Taxes should be the last thing, especially since there is not clean water available. With me being a college student, I have to spend more money on buying cases of water.Things would move a lot smooth if everyone in the community would be able to help with making Flint water clean to drink. 


m.65 miles's picture

The role of a citizen in a democracy is many things. So if I could maybe I will take the liberty of assuming we are talking about the democracy we have here in America. What many people do not know is that the United States of America a republic democracy, but all that really means is that we are a people represented by a group of fewer people which most people do know. Those people representing us are trying there best to follow the guide lines that were established when this country was founded. So for me, to be a good member of a democracy is an easy and obvious question to anwer. You the citizen need to understand and protect the guide lines the country was founded upon and I'm talking about of course the constitution.

M49-Noor's picture

In order for the democracy to be successful, the people need to pay attention to what the goverment is doing. The Citizens need to lobby for transparency and make sure that there right are being served. A citizen in a democracy has a lot of responsibilities. These responsibilities include taking care of our community, because if we want to make a change, the change needs to start in our community. We must take care of our community by keeping it clean, taking care of our neighbors,following the laws that were set in the society and by electing qualified local officials. If we think about it closely, our roles are very specific and easy to follow.

M_L's picture

Citizens are the major pillars and contributors to the running of any democratic institution. The possibility of citizenry is based on the fact that democratic institutions stems from the citizens’ authority, which needs to be respected at all the time. In fact, democracy depends on the citizen’s contribution for efficient delivery of services. In this case, citizenry act as checks and balances on the running of issues that affect them. It is through democracy that public knowledge, based of everyday experience, can be passed on and use in everyday governance. In other words, citizenry acts as watchdogs to the public and the office holders on how to make sound judgments based on the situations at hand. Those who hold public office are likely to perform better when they know they are under scrutiny than when no one bothers to scrutinize their operations.

M-p's picture

People should understand what democracy means before they get involved in it. The democratization process performs an important role in civilized society by maintaining the fundamental freedoms of society, while growing and crystallizing the social and economic modern formations of civil society, democracy seeks to act and influence the social, economic and culture well-being of all people. Government should give the citizenry a chance to express themselves and defend their rights and issues. Democracy is a form of collective, governmental organization that gives people the freedom to participate and express their beliefs. Democratic governments uphold the value of self-efforts and initiatives, to lead creative regulatory formulas which raise political awareness and contribute to political culture. Democracy leads the interaction of many communities to promote an active and important role in the democratization process. Whether through setup or engagement of the process democracy provides a social environment and cultural incubator. Democracy activates the role of civil society meaning citizens carry a sense of responsibility towards individual thinking and the governing process. 

M-N's picture

The key part of citizens in a majority rules system is to take an interest openly life. Subjects have a commitment to end up educated about open issues, to watch precisely how their political pioneers and delegates utilize their forces, and to express their own particular conclusions and hobbies. Voting in races is another critical urban obligation of all residents. However, to vote shrewdly, every subject ought to listen to the perspectives of the diverse gatherings and hopefuls, and after that settle on his or her own particular choice on whom to support.Participation can likewise include battling for a political gathering or hopeful, remaining as a contender for political office, debating open issues, going to group meetingsand participation metro gatherings, bably best put in Article 5 on the Judicial Authority.materials ency Council, requesting of the administration, and notwithstanding challenging. A key type of investment delivers dynamic enrollment in free, non-administrative associations, what we call "common society." These associations speak to a mixed bag of premiums and convictions:  ranchers, specialists, specialists, educators, entrepreneurs, religious devotees, ladies, understudies, human rights activists. It is critical that ladies take part completely both in governmental issues and in common society. This obliges endeavors by common society associations to teach ladies about their just rights and obligations, enhance their political abilities, speak to their regular intrigues, and include them in political life. In a popular government, interest in community gatherings ought to be intentional. Nobody ought to be compelled to join an association without wanting to. Political gatherings are fundamental associations in a majority rules system, and popular government is more grounded when natives get to be dynamic individuals from political parties.However, nobody ought to bolster a political gathering in light of the fact that he is forced or debilitated by others. In a majority rules system, natives are allowed to pick which gathering to support.Democracy relies on upon subject interest in every one of these ways. Yet, interest must be quiet, conscious of the law, and tolerant of the distinctive perspectives of different gatherings and people

U22's picture

I feel that we the people are the law makers just like in a market economy we decide what is made and produced.  So stepping up and voicing your opinions is a very important ideal of a citizen in a democracy.  People need to make sure they are educated on current or even, past and present issues.  When we decide that something needs to be changed citizens need to look on the other side of the fence and see what others see on that issue and how it will affect them.  People need to remember we are a country made upon the values of freedom and equality, so it is our responsibility to make sure our country is a place where everyone feels valued and wants to live.  

U50's picture

In my opinion the role is to get more and more involved with each other. As I said in other discussion,  start knowing our neighbors is a great start. When someone live in a place has I deferent level of people and start knowing them, that would help the citizen to make great desicion for the country. I mean by different level of people is who is educated and who's not, who's have money and who's not, and also who's politician and who's not. So, getting start to know the neighbors is get involved with them is a great start to the citizen. Last thing I'd like to add is the citizens should think about the other people before themselves when they want to make a decision. They should see if the desicion that they are going to make is going to harm other people ( For example, who don't have money or education). Those roles should be founded in my opinion. 

U49's picture

Democracy means the rule of people so, that means the citizen is the important pillar of democracy. Democracy is based on the citizen's role in influencing the democratic practice. The consolidation of democracy contributes to enhance the key roles of the country's development. Lack of proper practice of democracy could lead to political instability status. Democracy and politics are based on the ability of performance and positive interaction with community that lead to achieve the goals of the citizen. Also, participating in the elections is the important thing which enhancing the role of citizen in consolidating the role of democracy.

U17's picture

I think that the citizens are the heart of a democracy and without it it cannot live. In order for a democracy to operate how it should the citizens need to be involved and voice their opinion. The definiton of a democracy is the government style that is voiced and run by the people or the citizens of that city, state, or country. Citizens now are not taking full advantage of being a citizen in a democratic society.

Aalanazi's picture

In every democracy, citizens have the right to vote and elect the desire personality. The citizen should be informed about the major issues of the local situations of the country. A citizen must be willing to pay taxes, as it is the basic back-bone of the democratic government. And then citizen must follow the law. As in lawless state, democracy cannot be practiced and one should know that is a social contacts but not the last; the citizen in democracy should support the public education where ever it is possible. It can be done either in way through paying taxes, through efforts made themselves, as the foundation of democracy lies in the hands of public education.


UMmoodie's picture

To me a democracy is supposed to serve the citizens. As such citizens serve the most important role in a democratic nation as members of the government are elected to be public servants; and serve the interests of the voting public until the next election cycle. As the slogan says "For the people, by the people". Being a part of the citizenry gives a say in what goes on in the three arms of government and allows you to have some control in how your country is run. Sadly, I can't say that this is how democracy is being run today. It is more pseudo-democracy as citizens are only given the illusion of a sayso reflected by such things as the electoral college.

C_Miller's picture

I guess the role would be to participate, but why bother? I want to be a person that wants to get up and go help my community and my world but I feel like I have no idea how or why. It feels like as a citizen, I have no actual power over anything. I could vote, but it feels like anyone I vote for will have some serious campaign donations from extremely shady and untrustworthy corporations who have no alignment with my values. They could promise me all of  the things I want to hear, but if I look at their campaign donations and see Comcast, Viacom, Lockheed-Martin, or any other faceless monolith that donates millions of dollars to people, why should I think they will do anything other than whatever the lobyists of those corporations tell them? 

MMfejedelem's picture

Citizens are a key part in democracy. They basically run the government. A democracy is based on voting, so the people get their voices heard. However, sometimes the government takes action that is not in the best interest of the people. Also, citizens have to be active in the government, so the government can function. Without active citizenship, a democracy doesn’t work. When people are not active in their government, it is up to the government to take control. They have to pass laws without support from the people, and sometimes citizens don’t like the outcome. To have a perfect democracy, we need citizens who are always active in government, and government officials that listen to the people.

Mhodgemaresh's picture

To me democracy is used to help common good of the entire country or area, I'll be speaking about United States. As a whole citizen help influence decisions that our government makes and the constitution is used to help ensure that no one takes away our unalienable rights. As citizens our role is to help educate others about probelms in our community, to reach out to others to brainstorm ideas and find help. We do not have high attendence rate to things like town meeting which are used to help solve problems in our area. As citizens we must network and find connections to others that will help. It's not perfect but it is ideal because you do not have one that has complete control over our community. As citizens in a democracy we must use our right such as freedom of speech, press, and religion to make educated decisions and have balanced lifestyles. We take a lot of our rights for granted and do not use them. We are also lazy and do not  try to help solve the problems in our community, but instead we whine and complain. That is why our democracy is not running as well as it could. As a citizen in the democracy we must educate ourselve and others, help influence the government make correct decisions, and provide our government with people and resources(ourselves) to solve problems. 

Ualbashrawi's picture

The concept of democracy important. simply means run and help the people for the people. So, all citizens in our democracy have rights to speak freely, to practice our religion, to vote, and so on. For democracy to deliver, citizens must become informed about issues that can improve their lives. we must be free to join together to express their views and preferences and work to see that government responds to citizen views, thus holding those in government accountable. also, including political competitors, must also be free to impart their views about governmental processes and public affairs. Otherwise, citizens cannot be truly informed, nor can they freely make choices

democratic citizenship features a bundle of enforceable rights and liberties, policy benefits, enforceable law-abiding. Citizens in a democracy also have responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to choose our leaders. Another is to keep informed about what is going on with our government. It is also the responsibility of citizens to help make their community and neighborhood good places in which to live.

we have a collective right to choose their governmental, political and electoral systems as an aspect of self-determination. The authority of government likewise derives from the will of the people in their choice of these systems, and the people have a right to take part in their government, including through genuine elections to determine who will legitimately occupy governmental offices. 

It is that simple, and complicated too There is no democracy without the engagement of citizens. Engagement is thus both a right and a responsibility of citizens in establishing, developing and sustaining democracy.