The way it should work
The way governments in the UK and US should work is that they pass laws with the backing of the majority of their citizens, especially on decisions which potentially have a huge impact on the daily lives of those people.
This is unlike regimes such as the EU and China who appoint officials to write new laws, which are then approved by parliament, without involving the public at all.
But recently, these values the UK and US hold most dear, are being forgotten. One example, is of course the passing of the EU Lisbon Treaty strait through the british parliament without a referendum for the public to decide. The second, is described by this great William Warren cartoon: