What’s the Difference Between a Democracy and a Republic?

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

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This is a very simple one but many people can’t draw the distinction.

A republic is an alternative to a monarchy. Where we have the Queen, a republic could have a Directory, a Council, or a President.

A democracy is simply a state that allows people to vote. You can be nominally democratic – like China or North Korea – or an actual democracy, like the UK or Germany.

So the UK is not a republic, and is  a democracy, Germany is a republic and is  a democracy, China is a republic but is not a democracy, and Saudi Arabia is not a republic and is not a democracy.

See? Easy!

About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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