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Some Thoughts about Referendums, Representative Democracy and Separation of Powers

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Published in Constitutional Political Economy. 2009, vol. 20, no. 3/4, p. 251-266
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 ReferendumsRepresentative democracySeparation 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. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:4117

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