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Some Thoughts about Referendums, Representative Democracy and Separation of Powers

ContributorsHug, Simonorcid
Published inConstitutional political economy, vol. 20, no. 3/4, p. 251-266
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  • Open Access - Licence nationale Springer
Publication date2009
Abstract

Referendums have experienced some sort of a comeback. Citizen involvement in political decisions is seen increasingly as a healthy add-on in democratic polities. While earlier writers on democratic theory often saw a danger in increased participation of citizens, more recently several authors suggest that this participation should be fostered. I argue in this paper that both sides in the debate neglect important aspects of referendums. Discussing whether direct participation by the citizens is a good or bad thing addresses only half the story. More precisely, we have to get a better idea about how referendums interact with the traditional institutions of representative democracy.

Keywords
  • Referendums
  • Representative democracy
  • Separation of powers
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HUG, Simon. Some Thoughts about Referendums, Representative Democracy and Separation of Powers. In: Constitutional political economy, 2009, vol. 20, n° 3/4, p. 251–266. doi: 10.1007/s10602-008-9065-1
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