A movement for more democracy in American government in the first decade of the nineteenth century. The movement was led by President Thomas Jefferson. Jeffersonian democracy was less radical than the later Jacksonian democracy. For example, where Jacksonian democracy held that the common citizen was the best judge of measures, Jeffersonian democracy stressed the need for leadership by those of greatest ability, who would be chosen by the people.
Beyond these as political ideals were the tenets and theories of jeffersonian democracy.
I am now, as I have ever been, true and faithful to the principles of jeffersonian democracy.
jeffersonian democracy is, however, very much afraid of any examples of associated efficiency.