This paper argues that a government for the people and by the people requires an effective constitution more than electoral politics. While the author agrees to the need for democratic processes, it is pointed out that party politics and uninformed voting diminish the democratic nature of an election. Powerful parties suppress the free expression of opinions and judgments and harm the cause of democracy. True democracy requires that candidates be accountable to the constituents and not to the party, and that voters “do their homework” about the candidates before they vote.
Ho, L. S. (2005). True democracy without powerful parties (CPPS Working Paper Series No.156). Retrieved from Lingnan University website: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/cppswp/73/