Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Länderbericht 2009/2010

Tschentscher, Axel; Blonski, Dominika (2011). Direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz – Länderbericht 2009/2010. In: Feld, Lars P.; Huber, Peter M.; Jung, Otmar; Welzel, Christian; Wittreck, Fabian (eds.) Jahrbuch für direkte Demokratie 2010 (pp. 169-200). Baden-Baden: Nomos 10.5771/9783845231358-169

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This paper reports the exceptional case where a new instrument of direct democracy was cancelled without ever being put to work. The General Public Initiative had been introduced in 2003 in the wake of constitutional revisions on the federal level. There was broad consensus about the need for some form of initiative below the level of constitutional amendments. Therefore, the General Public Initiative was to suggest a general idea to be implemented by the legislator either in the form of federal statute or in the form of constitutional amendment. To realize this new instrument in a way both attractive to activists and viable in terms of procedural implementation turned out to be a difficult task. After long debates, parliament eventually suggested abolishing the attempt and the people supported this with their vote (68% Yes). It is a rare example of direct democracy being reduced rather than extended. Furthermore, the report describes the attempt to introduce the death penalty. It also analyzes the different reasons for which cantonal initiatives can be declared invalid.

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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 and Blonski, Dominika


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 15:58

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23 Jan 2020 05:20

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cancellation of General Public Initiative, Death-Penalty-Initiative, Extradition-Initiative, Invalidation at Cantonal Level Abschaffung der Allgemeinen Volksinitative, Todesstrafeninitiative, Ausschaffungsinitative, Ungültigerklärung auf Kantonsebene





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