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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
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Date:April 2012
Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 15:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:03
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Additional Information:Copyright: Cambridge University Press
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1017/S1755048311000666

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