Direct democracy (also known as pure democracy) is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly Wikipedia .
Depending on the particular system in use, direct democracy might entail passing executive decisions, the use of Sortition, making laws, directly electing or dismissing officials and conducting trials.
Most countries that are representative democracies allow for three forms of political action that provide limited direct democracy: Referendum (plebiscite), initiative, and recall.
Writers with anarchist sympathies have argued that direct democracy is opposed to a Strong Central Authority, as decision making power can only reside at one level ‚Äì with the people themselves or with the central authority.
The earliest known direct democracy is said to be the Athenian Democracy in the 5th century BC, although it was not an inclusive democracy: women, foreigners and slaves were excluded from it.
The Athenian democracy was direct not only in the sense that decisions were made by the assembled people, but also in the sense that the people through the assembly, boul√™ and law courts controlled the entire political process and a large proportion of citizens were involved constantly in the public business.
Modern democracies do not resemble the Athenian system.