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For seven years, Dr Klaus Hofmann has been researching legal instruments of direct democracy worldwide for the Navigator for Direct Democracy. Throughout his research, he found that many countries actually have mechanisms...
The use of direct democratic instruments in international comparison. With examples from Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Peru, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uruguay, this symposium aims to create a comparative inventory of the cultures of active citizen participation.
The New European Movement of Switzerland is one of the few organisations defying the current political trend to promote an accession to the European Union of Switzerland and to push for concrete steps to make the EU much more democratic. Established in 1998, the ...
In a conversational democracy like the Swiss one citizens’ association must work very hard to have the opportunity to make voices heard. A new challenge is the lack of public-financed participatory infrastructure, says Katharina Prelicz-Huber in an interview with Cora Pfafferott...
Direct democracy is becoming increasingly popular in the form of peoples’ initiatives and referendums. It’s also being preached by populists both on the left and right of the political spectrum, but they generally have no idea what it really means, writes Bruno Kaufmann...
Sunday, 25 September 2016, was this year's third "Decision Day" in Switzerland: Swiss voters were called to the ballot box to decide on a number of initiatives and referendums. Democracy International board member Bruno Kaufmann, editor-in-chief of...
In Switzerland, citizens had until 5 June 2016 to make up their minds whether the principle of an unconditional basic income should be anchored in the constitution. The initiative was rejected as only 23 per cent voted in favour of it. Here you find the results of the five...
Whether on basic income or animal protection, social insurance or basic rights, citizens’ initiatives give the people a voice both in Switzerland and in the EU. What Switzerland and Europe have in common – and where they differ Whether on basic income or animal protection,...
On 28 February 2016, 58,9 per cent of Swiss voters opted against a citizens’ initiative that called for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss offenders convicted of certain crimes. The turnout of 63 per cent was overwhelmingly high. Democracy International's comments on the...
On 28 February 2016, the Swiss people will vote in a referendum on the the so-called implementation initiative, the Swiss People’s Party came up with in order to realise the original deportation initiative of 2010. In this opinion piece for swissinfo.ch, Kurt Fluri argues that...
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