Liquid democracy is a term that seems to be used in a number of different ways.
- Wikipedia says it is a synonym for "delegative democracy", in which "voting power is vested in delegates, rather than representatives."
- Make Your Laws defines it as a transferable proxy system.
InstaGov defines it as any democratic system designed to:
- give citizens control over how power is channelled
- rapidly respond to changes requested by those citizens
- not draw arbitrary boundaries, either in time or space, beyond which power may not be exercised
The combination of power-channelling control, rapid response, and lack of arbitrary boundaries – directable, changeable, and fluid – is what makes a democratic system "liquid".
InstaGov also supports liquid representation as an alternative to WPV, if it has a better chance of being adopted.