The world in which the representative democracy originated has changed.
A messy participatory process is representative democracy at its best.
A republic, or representative democracy, is a government conducted by representatives elected by the people.
They thought well of it; their government was a representative democracy.
representative democracy becomes bossocracy in the service of plutocracy.
The political liberty of our time, testing the truth of our representative democracy, is constitutional liberty.
In this way they combined direct democracy with representative democracy.
Well, it is not democracy merely; it is a representative democracy.
In form an oligarchy, taking this term in its best sense, it was yet a representative democracy of the archaic type.
But the evolution has been toward a direct rather than toward a representative democracy.
a type of democracy in which the citizens delegate authority to elected representatives
"serving to represent," late 14c., from Old French representatif (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin repraesentativus, from stem of Latin repraesentare (see represent). Meaning "standing for others" is from 1620s; in the political sense of "holding the place of the people in the government, having citizens represented by chosen persons" is first recorded 1620s. Meaning "pertaining to or founded on representation of the people" is from 1640s.
1640s, "example, type," from representative (adj.); 1690s in sense of "member of a legislative body."