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Direct democracy and the constitution


Frey, Bruno S; Stutzer, Alois; Neckermann, Susanne (2011). Direct democracy and the constitution. In: Marciano, A. Constitutional Mythologies: New Perspectives on Controlling the State. New York: Springer Science + Business Media, 107-119.

Abstract

This chapter applies a comparative view to evaluate initiatives and referendums in the context of Constitutional change. Instruments of direct democratic decision making are compared to those of a purely representative democratic system in which members of parliament decide Constitutional issues like basic rights, the scope of democratic decision making and market exchange, the organization of government and the judiciary, and the federal structure of the country. Section 2 briefly describes aspects of direct democratic decision making that we deem critical from a Constitutional economics perspective. In particular, we hint to changes in the political process if citizens are directly involved through initiatives and referendums.

Abstract

This chapter applies a comparative view to evaluate initiatives and referendums in the context of Constitutional change. Instruments of direct democratic decision making are compared to those of a purely representative democratic system in which members of parliament decide Constitutional issues like basic rights, the scope of democratic decision making and market exchange, the organization of government and the judiciary, and the federal structure of the country. Section 2 briefly describes aspects of direct democratic decision making that we deem critical from a Constitutional economics perspective. In particular, we hint to changes in the political process if citizens are directly involved through initiatives and referendums.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:2011
Deposited On:19 Jan 2012 13:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:26
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media
Series Name:Studies in Public Choice
Number:23
ISBN:978-1-4419-6784-8
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6784-8_8
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=EBI01&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=090&request=002008839

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