Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Landesbericht 2012

Tschentscher, Axel; Blonski, Dominika; Baumgartner, Rahel Alexandra (2013). Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Landesbericht 2012. In: Feld, Lars P.; Huber, Peter M.; Jung, Otmar; Lauth, Hans-Joachim; Wittreck, Fabian (eds.) Jahrbuch für direkte Demokratie 2012 (pp. 151-180). Baden-Baden: Nomos 10.5771/9783845248424-151

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This country report analyzes the surprising success of the Chalet-Initiative. The Initiative imposes a strict limit of 20% on secondary residences within each community, thereby in effect ending construction of vacation residences in the mountainous cantons of Switzerland. Accordingly, the dividing line of the vote runs between the city dwellers intent on environmental protection and the rural population relying on construction to ensure economic progress of their canton. The report also looks at the collection time for initiatives and finds strong differences between "quick" initiatives with broad public support that need as few as 157 days to reach the 100'000 limit and "slow" initiatives in need of most of the 549 days available (18 month limit). The average over the last 10 years is a collection time of 478 days, signaling particular support for all initiatives that need less than 200 days. Finally, the report looks at the problematic procedure for signature authentication by the communes. Prone to delay, that requirement has already resulted in the failure of referendums that should have succeeded in collecting the required 50'000 signatures.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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, Blonski, Dominika, Baumgartner, Rahel Alexandra


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 16:08

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05 Dec 2022 15:36

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Chalet-Initiative, Collection Time of Initiatives, Treaty-Initiative Zweitwohnungsinitiative, Sammeldauer von Volksinitiativen, Staatsvertragsinitiative





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