Direct Democracy and the Constitution
20 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2013
Date Written: October 22, 2013
This chapter applies a comparative approach to evaluate initiatives and referendums in the context of constitutional change. We analyze differences in the political process if citizens have access to instruments of direct democratic decision-making compared to a purely representative democratic system. We also present empirical evidence on the consequences of direct democracy and discuss arguments for and against direct democratic elements in a constitution. Finally, important issues for designing a constitution that includes direct participation rights for the citizens are taken up.
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