Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz - Landesbericht 2018

Tschentscher, Axel; Gutmann, Andreas; Ruchti, Lars (2019). Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz - Landesbericht 2018. In: Braun Binder, Nadja; Feld, Lars P.; Huber, Peter M.; Poier, Klaus; Wittreck, Fabian (eds.) Jahrbuch für direkte Demokratie 2018 (pp. 135-164). Baden-Baden: Nomos 10.5771/9783748904557-135

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This country report describes the clear failure of the much anticipated Sovereignty-Initiative (66% no-votes). However, another controversial initiative has been launched: the Limitation-Initiative wants to strictly enforce the immigration limits on citizens from EU states, thereby threatening the bilateral agreements of Switzerland with the European Union. As one of the most media-savvy initiatives in recent years, the Horned-Cow-Initiative that had been launched by a single farmer from the higher Alps failed to gain a majority of the people's vote. For the first time, the Federal Court had to cancel a direct democratic vote on the federal level. This was due to outdated and misleading information by the Federal Government regarding the impact of tax discrimination against married couples. Finally, the report analyzes the strong variations in the frequency of cantonal direct democratic votes both in terms of years as in terms of subject matters.

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02 Faculty of Law > Department of Public Law > Institute of Public Law
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Legal Theory and History of Law > Legal and Political Theory

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Tschentscher, Axel; Gutmann, Andreas and Ruchti, Lars


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science








Axel Tschentscher Emmenegger

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22 Jan 2020 17:14

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22 Jan 2020 17:14

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Clear Failure of Sovereignty-Initiative, Limitation-Initiative, Horned-Cow-Initiative, Cancellation of a Direct Democratic Vote, Frequency of Public Votes on Cantonal Level Klares Scheitern der Selbstbestimmungsinitiative, Begrenzungsinitiative, Hornkuhinitiative, Aufhebung einer Volksabstimmung, Frequenz kantonaler Volksabstimmungen





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