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Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader attracted to the fundamentals of latest politics.

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The right of recall exists in about 12 states in the United States. Indirect Democracy An indirect or representative democratic state is one in which the people play a limited role in making decisions, such as in the passing of laws, between elections. Between elections the politicians rule, not in any absolute sense because they too have limitations, but they have a more active and direct role than the people. Increasingly, in indirect democracies, there is a modern tendency for the use of the referendum to make decisions on certain issues.

Hence, it is the study of the broad process, substance and impact of decision making – not just the art and science of government. This leads us to look at the different levels of decision making with which political science is concerned. It is concerned, first of all, with decision making at the community level, the level of community activities. Second, it examines regional and local dimensions of decision making. This is a little broader in scope than looking at community activities, since the region takes in many communities.

In egalitarian relations the followers also regard themselves as having legitimate positions and opinions, which the leader needs to hear and take into account. This type of leader–follower relationship is participatory. Political Culture 17 By this, we mean that the leader expects the followers to participate actively in decision making. The leader expects the followers to present their views. The leader not only tolerates disagreement but values different points of views. In this kind of relationship the leader is not a general, a prophet or a saviour, he or she is more the captain of a team who understands that the participation of every member of the team is important.

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