The absence of settled public law and the influence of direct democracy made a complete ministry of finance impossible.
The recall, like direct democracy, was not new to American politics.
The first victory of "direct democracy" came in the very year of Mr. Bryan's memorable defeat.
But he sees no objection to pure and direct democracy, except the difficulty which we have mentioned.
The advance of direct democracy in the West was accompanied by a revival of the question of woman suffrage.
Is not that a reductio ad absurdum for this system of pure and direct democracy?
a form of democracy in which the people as a whole make direct decisions, rather than have those decisions made for them by elected representatives
A referendum is a form of direct democracy, as is the practice of recall, by which an elected offical may be voted out of office between elections if enough people sign a petition to remove him and then win the subsequent vote.
late 14c., "to write (to someone), to address," from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to guide" (see regal). Cf. dress; address.
Meaning "to govern, regulate" is from c.1500; "to order, ordain" is from 1650s. Sense of "to write the destination on the outside of a letter" is from 16c. Of plays, films, etc., from 1913. Related: Directed; directing.
late 14c., from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight" (see direct (v.)).