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Costa Rica: Introduction of Direct Democracy Procedures


Angulo Ruiz, Carlos D (2008). Costa Rica: Introduction of Direct Democracy Procedures. c2d Working Papers Series 17, Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich.

Abstract

As two Acts on direct democracy procedures at the national level were passed only earlier this year (2006), citizens have not yet had time to truly apprehend the extraordinary change in their political rights. Additionally, the government has made no effort to adequately inform the people of these powerful instruments they may now recur to, to make their voices heard. The fact that these instruments have not yet been tested, either at the lower municipal level or the national level, makes it difficult to assess their appropriateness. Notwithstanding, certain organized groups have already made official their intention to collect signatures, in order to petition a referendum on whether to ratify the Free Trade Agreement signed two years ago with the United States of America.

Abstract

As two Acts on direct democracy procedures at the national level were passed only earlier this year (2006), citizens have not yet had time to truly apprehend the extraordinary change in their political rights. Additionally, the government has made no effort to adequately inform the people of these powerful instruments they may now recur to, to make their voices heard. The fact that these instruments have not yet been tested, either at the lower municipal level or the national level, makes it difficult to assess their appropriateness. Notwithstanding, certain organized groups have already made official their intention to collect signatures, in order to petition a referendum on whether to ratify the Free Trade Agreement signed two years ago with the United States of America.

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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
Language:Spanish
Date:2008
Deposited On:08 May 2014 12:31
Last Modified:26 Jan 2017 08:56
Series Name:c2d Working Papers Series
Number of Pages:28
ISSN:1662-8152 (E)

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