Democracy is based on the idea that sovereign.
power derives from the will of the people
MM: That's certainly one view.
RL: I would suggest the one and only view, the basic philosophical principle, the ideal which is never attained, and towards which all self-styled democracies should strive towards.
I agree with your criticism of the limitations of representative democracy, and agree that more intense local direct democractic systems are desirable. One of the failures in Iraq has been that the approach to creating a new democratic Iraq is based on top-down, rather than bottom up democracy.
However, we have to go with what we have. "Adopt, adapt and improve", as John Cleese's armed robber used to say.
My point was that if the UN adopt the Green Party's approach and should set up an Index of Human Rights to measure all states' performance in matters of torture, political imprisonment, free elections &c. there would be a constant upward pressure pushing regimes towards more democratic structures.