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Serdült, Uwe (2018). Switzerland. In: Qvortrup, Matt. Referendums Around the World. Basingstoke: Springer, 47-112.

Abstract

The use of the referendum in Switzerland is deeply rooted in unique historical circumstances and traditions. In the 19th Century, the constitutional development led to a decision to put constitutional changes to popular votes, which created a precedent for public participation. Unlike any other democracy in the world, the Swiss voters go to the polls several times every year. Contrary to the perception in the international press, many votes have resulted in liberal legislation regarding immigration and social issues. In general proposals for radical change through constitutional initiatives have been unsuccessful.

Abstract

The use of the referendum in Switzerland is deeply rooted in unique historical circumstances and traditions. In the 19th Century, the constitutional development led to a decision to put constitutional changes to popular votes, which created a precedent for public participation. Unlike any other democracy in the world, the Swiss voters go to the polls several times every year. Contrary to the perception in the international press, many votes have resulted in liberal legislation regarding immigration and social issues. In general proposals for radical change through constitutional initiatives have been unsuccessful.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (C2D)
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:31 Aug 2017 07:06
Last Modified:31 Aug 2017 07:08
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-3-319-57797-5
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57798-2

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