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Direct Democracy in Europe

Developments and Prospects

  • Editors
  • Zoltán Tibor Pállinger
  • Bruno Kaufmann
  • Wilfried Marxer
  • Theo Schiller
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
  2. Lars P. Feld, Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Pages 108-124
  3. Matthias Benz, Alois Stutzer
    Pages 125-142
  4. Simon Hug, Tobias Schulz
    Pages 174-188

About this book

Introduction

Modern direct democracy has recently become an essential element of political life in many countries in Europe - and worldwide. The initiative and referendum process offers extra channels of participation and can serve as an important supplementary institution in representative democratic systems. This first volume of the new series Direct Democracy in Modern Europe features sixteen systematic and broadly empirical approaches to the study of modern direct democracy within the context of European politics including
- system contexts and effects of the initiative and referendum process
- theoretical approaches and basic values in modern direct democracy
- the quality and institutional design of direct democratic mechanisms
- aspects of information and communication
- institutional performance and economic effectiveness
- transnational challenges and the development of direct democracy in Europe

Keywords

Bürgergesellschaft Demokratie Direkte Demokratie European constitution Partizipation Volksbegehren Volksentscheid

About the authors

Dr. Zoltán Tibor Pállinger is Senior Research Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute, Bendern, Liechtenstein.
Bruno Kaufmann is President of the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe.
Dr. Wilfried Marxer is Senior Research Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute, Bendern, Liechtenstein.
Dr. Theo Schiller is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Philipps University Marburg.

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"Funktioniert direkte Demokratie nur in kleineren, konsensbasierten Systemen? Ändert ein schrittweises Abgehen von der repräsentativen Demokratie die Beziehung zwischen politischer Elite und Wählerschaft? Wie stellt sich partizipative Demokratie in der Europäischen Union dar? Die Beiträge dieses Sammelbandes beantworten dies durch umfangreiches empirisches Material in zahlreichen Tabellen; und wo sie das nicht leisten können, geben sie zumindest gewichtige Gedankenanregungen." www.zpol.de (Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft), 28.03.2008