Direct Democracy in Europe

Developments and Prospects

  • Editors
  • Zoltán Tibor Pállinger
  • Bruno Kaufmann
  • Wilfried Marxer
  • Theo Schiller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
  2. Lars P. Feld, Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Pages 108-124
  3. Matthias Benz, Alois Stutzer
    Pages 125-142
  4. Simon Hug, Tobias Schulz
    Pages 174-188

About this book


Modern direct democracy has recently become an essential element of political life in many countries in Europe - and worldwide. The initiative and referendum process offers extra channels of participation and can serve as an important supplementary institution in representative democratic systems. This first volume of the new series Direct Democracy in Modern Europe features sixteen systematic and broadly empirical approaches to the study of modern direct democracy within the context of European politics including
- system contexts and effects of the initiative and referendum process
- theoretical approaches and basic values in modern direct democracy
- the quality and institutional design of direct democratic mechanisms
- aspects of information and communication
- institutional performance and economic effectiveness
- transnational challenges and the development of direct democracy in Europe


Bürgergesellschaft Demokratie Direkte Demokratie European constitution Partizipation Volksbegehren Volksentscheid

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2007
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-15512-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-90579-2
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