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EU democratic deficit, Introduce a legislative referendum, but not a “constitutional” referendum, a “constitutional” initiative or a legislative initiative

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Published in Reflection Group On the Future of Europe in 2020-2030. 2009
Abstract By examining the case of Switzerland we observed that direct democracy can help develop a public sphere for diversified populations. The European Union could follow this example to develop a greater feeling of identity and legitimacy of its own. Based on our analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of direct democracy, we suggest an optional legislative referendum be promoted on a European level. We find this preferable to a “constitutional” referendum, to a “constitutional” initiative or to a legislative initiative. It is more in keeping with the hybrid nature of EU institutions, which characteristically lack a true European demos.
Keywords European integrationEuropean Union PoliticsExternal Relations of the EUHistory of SwitzerlandEU democracyDemocracy in the European UnionEU democratic deficitAnd Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union
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SCHWOK, René. EU democratic deficit, Introduce a legislative referendum, but not a “constitutional” referendum, a “constitutional” initiative or a legislative initiative. In: Reflection Group On the Future of Europe in 2020-2030, 2009. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:41010

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