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By Wilfried Marxer

Direct Democracy and Minorities ("Direct Democracy in glossy Europe" sequence)
Wilfried Marxer (Editor)

Paperback: 254 Pages (247 - this pdf)
Publisher: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften; Auflage: 2012 (4. Februar 2012)
Language: Englisch
ISBN-10: 3531185810
ISBN-13: 978-3531185811

General info: “Modern direct democracy has develop into a vital part of political existence in lots of international locations in Europe and all over the world. The initiative and referendum procedure bargains additional channels for citizen participation and therefore represents an incredible supplementary establishment in sleek democracies. This 3rd quantity of the sequence Direct Democracy in glossy Europe makes a speciality of direct-democratic judgements on minority affairs. the most query is whether or not direct democracy has a tendency in the direction of a domination of the bulk over a minority, generating new conflicts, or no matter if, how, and below what stipulations it is helping to resolve difficulties in complicated societies and results in lasting strategies to political disputes. This quantity contains articles through expert researchers on - ancient stories of direct-democratic judgements on territorial conflicts; - theoretical issues on direct democracy and minorities; - case reports on well known votes pertaining to minority matters; - numerous nation case reviews; - the function of the media in direct-democratic campaigns on minority affairs; - the possibility of transnational direct democracy”.

Foreword: “This anthology includes the texts of shows given at the party of the symposium on "Direct Democracy and Minorities" hung on 23-24 April, 2010 on the Liechtenstein Institute, Bendern, Liechtenstein. The symposium is the 3rd in a chain organised conjointly via the Liechtenstein Institute, the examine heart on Civic Participation and Direct Democracy on the college of Marburg, Germany, the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe, and the Andrässy college Budapest. (…)This most up-to-date symposium was back winning in bringing jointly amazing teachers from slightly below a dozen international locations who've a learn curiosity in direct democracy, no matter if from an old, theoretical or empirical perspective.
Against a history of crises of political legitimacy and difficulties over the sensible implementation of political judgements, direct democracy has develop into a key notion inside sleek democracy (Lindaman 2011). fresh many years have noticeable a world mushrooming of direct-democratic systems i.e. potent political inputs by means of electorate and binding well known votes via référendums and citizens' tasks. the rise in direct-democratic decision-making has in flip fostered elevated consciousness from researchers, forthcoming the topic from either jurisprudential and social/political medical views, as should be visible in more and more comparable books and articles”.

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Literature Review Although the debate on democracy and the rule of law is very old, there is a lack of discussion on direct democracy and the rule of law in the literature. The few thoughts that can be found in the European literature stem mainly from legal scholars (Tornay 2008, Baumann Direct Democracy and the Rule of Law - Assessing a Tense Relationship 49 2007, von Arx 2002) and even economists (Kirchgässner 2009). Hence, most of the existing work on the relationship between direct democracy and law is an overview of problematic initiatives, or a description of the problem.

For the design of direct-democratic instruments we can therefore expect that requirements for initiatives as well as for referendum votes will be regulated in order to secure broadly-based manifestations of support for national unity. We may find more government-initiated référendums and mandatory référendums. Direct democracy instruments will rather tend not to invite smaller groups to articulate minority grievances and to determine the outcome of popular votes, but will display more majoritarian and consensus features.

Other writers on populism argue in a similar direction when they claim that emphasizing the power of the people, which is what populism does, is only a threat to democracy if "it gets the upper hand" (Abts & Rummens 2007, 406). Ultimately, a balance between majority rule and individual rights is seen as necessary for an established democracy. However, most nation states orient themselves against one or the other theoretical background and lay more weight either on civil rights and horizontal accountability or on the electoral regime and political liberties.

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