Majoritarian democracy, as opposed to constitutional democracy, refers to democracy based upon majority rule of a society's citizens. Majoritarian democracy is the conventional form of democracy used as a political system in many countries.
Though common, majoritarian democracy is not universally accepted – majoritarian democracy was famously criticized as having the inherent danger of becoming a "tyranny of the majority" whereby the majority in society could oppress or exclude minority groups, which can lead to violence and civil war. Some argue[who?] that since parliament, statutes and preparatory works are very important in majoritarian democracies, and considering the absence of a tradition to exercise judicial review at the national level, majoritarian democracies are undemocratic.
In contrast to majoritarian democracy and the perceived danger of a tyranny of the majority, consensus democracy was developed in response. It gives preference to rule by as many people as possible to make government inclusive, with a majority of support from society being a minimal threshold.
Fascism rejects majoritarian democracy because the latter assumes equality of citizens and fascists claim that fascism is a form of authoritarian democracy that represents the views of a dynamic organized minority of a nation rather than the disorganized majority.
Australia and Canada are not examples of majoritarian democracies. Representatives are chosen not by proportional electoral systems, but by a system based on plurality voting. Contrary to popular belief, the USA is not a majoritarian democracy as they can have an elected individual based through points from majority of county and further state votes.[clarification needed] This means an individual can be in power in the USA while having a minority vote overall.
According to our model the proportional system has a lower probability of rebellion than the majoritarian system. .. Empirically, we find that countries with proportional system has the lowest probability that groups rebel and that the more inclusive is the system, the smaller the probability of suffering a civil war.
Unfortunately, one of the worst democratic structures is the most ubiquitous: majority rule based on majority voting. It must be emphasised, furthermore, that these two practices are often the catalysts of division and bitterness, if not indeed violence and war.