Reimagining Direct Democracy as an Intersection of Different Forms of Representation

Pravni zapisi, Vol. XI, No. 1/2020

24 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2021

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Matija Milos

University of Rijeka - Law Faculty of the University of Rijeka

Date Written: December 23, 2020

Abstract

As an exceptional device in the life of contemporary constitutional democracies, direct democracy is normally considered to be separate from representation. In this paper, I explore this well-established divide, asking how it interacts with our understanding of the central subject of direct democracy, the people. I show how theorizing that takes its cue from the dichotomy between “absence” and “presence”, ascribed to the separation of representation and forms of direct democracy, is tied with identifying the active electorate and the people. On the other hand, this approach is inept for comprehending the ways representations of the people are produced and instrumentalized in the wake of direct democracy. In this paper, I suggest that this phenomenon may be approached by examining how direct democracy is entangled with representing “the people” through arguments, processes and constructs.

Keywords: direct democracy, referendum, representative democracy, representation, constitutional theory

Suggested Citation

Milos, Matija, Reimagining Direct Democracy as an Intersection of Different Forms of Representation (December 23, 2020). Pravni zapisi, Vol. XI, No. 1/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3754118

Matija Milos (Contact Author)

University of Rijeka - Law Faculty of the University of Rijeka ( email )

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Rijeka, 51000
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