Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-66169
Christmann, Anna; Danaci, Deniz (2012). Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: Direct and Indirect Effects on Religious Minorities in Switzerland. Politics and Religion, 5(1):133-160.
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Most of the research on the effects of direct democracy on minority rights is empirically limited to the direct effects of direct democracy. This article takes the issue a step further and examines both direct and indirect effects by investigating the rights of religious minorities in Switzerland. The analysis provides two main insights: all direct effects are negative and can be observed when the rights of out-groups like Islamic minorities are at stake. Second, indirect effects on the parliamentary process can be observed, too: parliaments make laws more restrictive toward Islamic minorities if they fear a popular vote. However, they develop strategies to enforce their liberal interests, as shown by the fact that extensions of the rights of religious minorities are passed in total revisions.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science|
|DDC:||320 Political science|
|Deposited On:||06 Nov 2012 15:24|
|Last Modified:||01 Dec 2013 02:31|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Additional Information:||Copyright: Cambridge University Press|
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