Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Landesbericht 2015-2017 (Direct Democracy in Switzerland – Country Report 2015-2017)

Nadja Braun Binder/Lars P. Feld/Peter M. Huber/Klaus Poier/Fabian Wittreck (eds.), Yearbook for Direct Democracy 2017, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2018, pp. 121-164 (ISBN 978-3-8487-5590-5)

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Axel Tschentscher

Bern University - Law School

Andreas Gutmann

University of Bern - School of Law

Lars Ruchti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

German Abstract: Dieser Landesbericht schildert die Entwicklung der schweizerischen direkten Demokratie im Berichtszeitraum. Er enthält einen Überblick über die hängigen Verfahren auf Bundesebene. Ausserdem werden Schwerpunkte der Entwicklung in Bund, Kantonen und Gemeinden behandelt.

English Abstract: This country report describes the reduced need for reform of the public initiative procedure in Switzerland. It also analyzes the implementation of a number of initiatives criticized for their violation of public international law. The report finds that parliament ameliorates the harshness of the initiatives by introducing hardship clauses safeguarding the proportionality of the initiative's application. As an initiative expressly targeted against the supremacy of public international law, the sovereignty initiative is closely scrutinized. Finally, the government's problem in reforming corporate taxation is evident in the clear majority of votes (59%) against the third version of the reform.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Enforcement Initiative, Implementation of Initiatives, Sovereignty Initiative, Failure of Corporate Tax Reform III

Suggested Citation

Tschentscher, Axel and Gutmann, Andreas and Ruchti, Lars, Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Landesbericht 2015-2017 (Direct Democracy in Switzerland – Country Report 2015-2017) (2017). Nadja Braun Binder/Lars P. Feld/Peter M. Huber/Klaus Poier/Fabian Wittreck (eds.), Yearbook for Direct Democracy 2017, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2018, pp. 121-164 (ISBN 978-3-8487-5590-5). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3521328

Axel Tschentscher (Contact Author)

Bern University - Law School ( email )

Institute for Public Law
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Andreas Gutmann

University of Bern - School of Law ( email )

Schanzeneckstrasse 1
Bern, 3012
Switzerland

Lars Ruchti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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