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The Development of Direct Democracy Mechanisms in Poland


Bednarz, Hanna (2013). The Development of Direct Democracy Mechanisms in Poland. c2d Working Papers Series 44, Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich.

Abstract

This working paper analyzes the development of the direct democracy institutions in Poland using the critical junctures and path dependence methodology. These institutions have been present in the Polish constitutional law scholarship since the beginning of the 20th century. Their introduction into the law was nevertheless a difficult compromise between the political actors. Throughout the past century, direct democracy mechanisms were seldom used, partly due to the fact that the citizens were not allowed to make a final decision as to their application. As the study shows, the current legislation on direct democracy is still rooted in the Communist times and marked by the Legislature's and Executive's deep distrust in the people’s ability to make conscious decisions.

Abstract

This working paper analyzes the development of the direct democracy institutions in Poland using the critical junctures and path dependence methodology. These institutions have been present in the Polish constitutional law scholarship since the beginning of the 20th century. Their introduction into the law was nevertheless a difficult compromise between the political actors. Throughout the past century, direct democracy mechanisms were seldom used, partly due to the fact that the citizens were not allowed to make a final decision as to their application. As the study shows, the current legislation on direct democracy is still rooted in the Communist times and marked by the Legislature's and Executive's deep distrust in the people’s ability to make conscious decisions.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:Working Paper Series > C2D Working Paper Series
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
340 Law
900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:Direct democracy, referendum, plebiscite, popular initiative, Poland
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:21 Mar 2014 07:54
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 04:51
Series Name:c2d Working Papers Series
Number of Pages:62
ISSN:1662-8152 (E)
Related URLs:http://www.c2d.ch

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