Direct Democracy

Ian Budge

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Direct Democracy

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This article examines direct democracy, starting with a discussion on democracy and direct democracy. The following section identifies varieties of direct democracy before addressing the question of whether direct democracy weakens political parties or not. It discusses the procedures of direct democracy, specifically referendum and initiative. The last two sections of the article focus on the policy areas that are covered by popular voting and setting parameters for a realistic debate about direct democracy.

Keywords: direct democracy; varieties; political parties; procedures; referendum; initiative; popular voting; parameters; debate

Article.  6739 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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