Maximising Direct Democracy – by Popular Assemblies or by Ballot Votes?

Schaub, Hans-Peter (2012). Maximising Direct Democracy – by Popular Assemblies or by Ballot Votes? Swiss political science review / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 18(3), pp. 305-331. Wiley 10.1111/j.1662-6370.2012.02075.x

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According to a widespread but empirically hitherto untested perception, assembly democracy is the ideal-typical form for direct democracy. This paper examines whether this perception coincides with empirical evidence by systematically comparing the actual extent of citizens’ direct-democratic involvement in assembly democracies and in ballot-box democracies. A longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis of new data on the Swiss cantons reveals strikingly clear patterns: cantons with popular assemblies provide citizens with more and more easily accessible direct-democratic rights, and they hold popular votes more frequently. On the other hand, cantons with ballot-box voting are more successful in involving the citizens in direct-democratic decision-making with respect to turnout rates.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Schaub, Hans-Peter

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1424-775

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Hans-Peter Schaub

Date Deposited:

02 Jun 2017 08:46

Last Modified:

02 Jun 2017 08:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1662-6370.2012.02075.x

Web of Science ID:

000308876800002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98819

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98819

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