Hey, your definition of democracy is one of the many. The complexity of democracy’s definition makes it very interesting, intellectually and politically. Indeed we must consider the pluralism, but we may consider other fundamental elements.
Lets see a few definitions which would underline different thoughts on our current political systems.
For instance, from the direct democracy to the representative democracy:
Aristote: “it is this regime in which each one is in turn governing and governed”.
Robert Dahl : “Democracy is the equal opportunity for every citizen to influence the decision”.
Alexis de Tocqueville: “Democracy is a social state characterized by the equality of conditions”.
Abraham Lincoln: democracry is the “ government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.”
Then, I would personally think, like Loïc Blondiaux, that democracy is:
- the exercise of the sovereignty of the people (not only by the election)
- the respect of the rule of Law and fundamental freedoms
- a way of being, to participate and to consider the other as his equal.
Epistemologically, nobody can be a priori considered as knowing better than the others.