Representative and accountable government
A government is democratic when representatives and leaders
reflect the character of the people who chose them, and listen to
and address the needs and concerns of the citizens. If leaders and
representatives fail to do this, then a democratic government gives
citizens the rights and the means to choose others who they feel
will do a better job.
This can be seen in practices and institutions such as:
• Free and fair elections
• Strong political parties (both in government and in opposition)
• Strong laws against corruption and abuse of power
Source: Teehankee, Jolio C. (2005). Liberalism: A Primer. Published by National Institute For Policy Studies. Manila.