When it comes to deciding which form of government is the most
efficient, there is always a debate. A Democracy governing system is
defined as a government of the membership, for the membership, by the
membership. Such a government is formed through elections in which the
membership cast votes to elect their leadership. Thus, in a way, the
government is ruled by the membership in a democracy..
Dictatorship is a form of government in which a single individual or a
group of individuals hold all power and make all the decisions
pertaining to the governing of the organization. There is complete
centralization of power, with the dictator deciding what is expected of
all the members of the organization. Thus, in a dictatorship form of
government, the membership has no voice in matters which decide how the
organization will function.
Stability of the Government
If you compare between dictatorship and democracy, on how stable a
government these can provide, then certainly dictatorship wins, because there
is no other alternative or discussion of policy being implemented with
the government in a dictatorship, combined with the membership having no
voice whatsoever in choosing their leaders, no voice whatsoever in
problems such as removal of officers for lack of performance, moral
issues or corruption, and the officers have no worry about having to be re-elected.
Also in the dictatorship, the membership revolting against a corrupt
government never happens because it’s not allowed, no matter how
officers govern the organization.
Rights of the Membership
In terms of the power that membership has, there is no doubt about the
fact that democracy offers much wider avenues of freedom, liberty,
equality and opportunities to the membership. In a democracy, if the
membership is unhappy, they can raise their voices and make known the
issues throughout the organization.. However, such a thing would never
be tolerated in the dictatorship form of government, where the
membership is expected just to follow and never to question under the
penalty of being expelled from the organization.
One of the advantages of dictatorship is that it is believed to be much
more efficient than a democracy. Incidences of crime and corruption are
much lesser as rules and regulations are much stricter ( for the
membership, not the officers). As decision-making in dictatorship lies
with just one or a small group of members, not much time is wasted in
debating over passing regulations or making amendments in law. Law is
changed at the will of the leadership without any form of membership
voice of agreement or disagreement in any part of the new agenda. Also,
proponents of dictatorship say that in case where a quick response is
needed, the dictatorship form of government is better prepared for a
quick response because no time is wasted in discussion issues with the
membership. All permission for debate of issues is removed from the
membership in a dictatorship and given to one person or group from
within the group.
Which is Better: Democracy or Dictatorship?
In today's world, democracy is considered to be the best form of
government, the reason being that all members are treated equal, have
equal voice in debate, and have full and equal rights afforded to each
member by the organizational structure, unlike in a dictatorship, where
people are treated like sheep or cattle and are expected to simply obey
and follow the government or be expelled from the organization.
Democracy contributes to development of the individuals as well as the
organization. Dictatorship has many wrongs such as oppression of
membership rights and voice. There is usually flawed decision-making
without discussion of the issues which may ultimately lead the
organization towards ruin. Upon looking at these disadvantages of
Dictatorship, many members of dictatorships today are contemplating how
to become democracies in near future.
At the end of the day, it can be rightly said that Democracy is the
ultimate winner. The picture becomes clear, if you look at the track
record and progress which democracies have made in the past few decades.
Democracy is the best form of government in the world, so it will also
be the best for any organization. There are many factors in which
democracy is considered effective for the progress of a organization.
Apart from equal opportunities and equal voice in operational issues,
the fundamental right of voting is an advantage for members of a
democratic organization. The reasons for the importance of voting are
many and they must be clearly understood for the advantage of the
organization. The information on importance of voting given below will
help you grasp the importance of voting.
Importance of Voting
The answer to the question why the membership should vote is: because
they get to participate in the functioning of the organization. Voting
helps choose able leaders who have qualities in them that can be
beneficial for the growth of the organization. It is also a means of
keeping anti social elements away from power and thus, protects the
interests of the membership and the organization. The power of voting,
which consists of individual preferences can be very useful in getting
issues related to the membership’s welfare done correctly to the desires
of the membership, rather than the desires of an individual in power.
Another reason voting is important is that it creates a sense of
responsibility in the leadership and makes them realize that they have
been chosen by the people due to performing in a professional and
dedicated manner. This itself will compel them to use the administrate
power in a positive way for the benefit of the membership. Voting is
perhaps the only way of full membership participation in the
Voting has led to the fast progress and development of many
organizations. Organizations where the right to vote does not exist have
found it hard to set themselves on the path of progress. Such
organizations may have to face widespread discontent among the
membership as a total lack of transparency and loss of faith in the
policies and activities of the leadership. Lack of the fundamental right
to vote is a big loss for any member. Why is voting important in
developing organizations? This might be a question on the minds of many
people. It is known fact that developing organizations have to face many
growing problems. Unless the membership participates in the development
process, the set targets, the objectives, and membership goals will not
be reached. Voting can help the membership in developing organizations
prevent irregular practices, corruption and power abuse toward members
who disagree with policies to such a great extent, that not voting is
the main reason for most stunting of the overall growth rate of the
Voting should not be made a burden for the membership in any way, and
the membership needs to understand its importance and be allowed to use
their right with their own will without coercion or persuasion of any
kind from leaders or candidates. Politicking is not allowed in a Masonic
Lodge, so it should not be allowed in the Widows Sons. It is the
membership’s duty to challenge politicking by present officers or
potential candidates to ensure the elections will be an equal
opportunity for all candidates and equally for the membership. Fair and
just voting practices are a must for the success of a democratic set up.
It is responsibility of the organization’s bylaws to set forth and make
available the details and eligibility criteria for candidates as well as
the criteria for voting by the membership.
If the elected offers don’t promote annual or bi-annual elections of
officers, the membership should make every effort to convince their
organization to hold annual or bi-annual elections of principle officers
rather than allowing officers to be elected once and hold the office
until they decide to step away. This “officers for life,” forms a
dictatorship rather than a democracy. Immediately after the officers are
elected, where there is no procedure in place to refresh the governing
structure or remove officers whose political agenda is not in compliance
with the organization’s agenda, and the organizational structure
immediately becomes a Dictatorship and the membership loses any voice in
the operations of the organization.