How is democratic government known as responsive government? Explain with examples.
A democratic government has to be responsive to the needs of its citizens.
1. Through pressure groups, and public protests, the democratic government can check the popularity of its decisions and mechanism of administering justice.
2. A government which is able to respond to grievances faster is able to avoid confrontation and provide good governance
A democracy carries with it certain important liberal ideals of governance. They include, regular free and fair elections, public debate on major policies and legislations, openness of information regarding major government policies and legislations and corruption free government. All these factors contribute towards making democratic government a responsive form of government. For example, after a prolonged period of mass protest and negotiation the UPA government had to finally agree to people’s demands and introduce the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament. Even though there still remain certain glitches in its implementation, the very fact that the government was forced to act on people’s demands is testimony to its responsive credentials.