Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Länderbericht 2010/2011

Tschentscher, Axel; Blonski, Dominika (2012). Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Länderbericht 2010/2011. In: Feld, Lars P.; Huber, Peter M.; Jung, Otmar; Lauth, Hans-Joachim; Wittreck, Fabian (eds.) Jahrbuch für direkte Demokratie 2011 (pp. 139-174). Baden-Baden: Nomos 10.5771/9783845241517-139

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This country report looks at how political parties use direct democracy during election years. The report finds a significant increase of initiative launches that can be explained by the parties' need for a distinct political profile. Election campaigning by public initiative mostly takes place during the year running up to parliamentary elections. It consolidates the parties' public image and makes sure that the collection of signatures coincides with the election campaign, thereby increasing the general visibility of politicians. Many of these "profiling initiatives" are not actually targeted at getting a broad majority. They use the instruments of direct democracy in order to draw attention to the special interest of their constituency. The report also analyzes the recent change in recounting policies. Following a judgment by the Federal Court of 2009, narrow margin votes deserve a recount even if no specific allegations for procedural errors could be raised. Finally, the report looks at the – quite legal – practice of "buying" signatures by delegating the collection activity for money.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Tschentscher, Axel and Blonski, Dominika

Subjects:

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

ISBN:

978-3-8329-7668-2

Publisher:

Nomos

Language:

German

Submitter:

Axel Tschentscher Emmenegger

Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2020 16:03

Last Modified:

23 Jan 2020 05:20

Publisher DOI:

10.5771/9783845241517-139

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Initiatives During Election Years, Recounting of Votes, Practice of Buying Signatures Initiativen in Wahljahren, Wiederholung der Auszählung, Praxis des Unterschriftenkaufs

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139274

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139274

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