Local Direct Democracy in Europe

  • Theo Schiller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Local Direct Democracy in Europe – a comparative overview

  3. Emerging Patterns

  4. Small Beginnings

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 291-292

About this book


Modern direct democracy has recently become an important element of political life in many countries. These developments can be observed at the national, regional, and local level of political systems. Participation and democracy in local political affairs play a major role in stabilising and developing democratic systems. This volume presents, for the first time, a broad basis of information on the wide variety of local institutions and practice of direct democracy in 19 countries. Country specialists analyse
- the role of direct democracy in the institutional context and culture of national political systems,
- political processes of introduction and development of initiatives and referendums,
- regulations of procedures of municipal direct democracy,
- practice of local direct democracy,
- the contribution of local direct democracy to democratic development in general.


Democracy Demokratie Demokratie in Europa Direkte Demokratie Politik

Editors and affiliations

  • Theo Schiller
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Political Science, Research Centre of Civic Participation and Direct DemocracyPhilipps University MarburgMarburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-18250-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-92898-2
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