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The Wikipedia entry on Representative Democracy does not go into depth on the criticisms of a "representative" democracy.
From a stochastic point of view, when there are an extremely limited number of seats of power (say, a few hundreds positions that wield power over millions), the people who are the best at winning popular votes in strategic locations are the people who will win that power. To reach the volume of audience that is required to win an election, the most practical avenues of advertising your candidacy are popular TV channels, social media advertising, email campaigns, and various public locations. Planning a campaign that is likely to reach the audiences whose votes will enable you to win is most successful with powerful analytical resources and targeted purchases of advertisements in the right spots. Having a platform that will solve every problem on Earth means little in contrast to the ability to buy millions of dollars of ads, at least when it comes to representative politics.
Thus, only those with wealth, or those who capitulate to others with wealth, are ever able to make successful bids for election.
As it turns out, the effect of this adds up to a complete lack of concern for the majority of a population's concerns in an indirect democracy. The US is a prime example, as it's been numerically demonstrated that in this system, there can be as little as 0% correlation between what the populace wants passed into law, and what is actually passed into law.
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