Justifications and Citizen Competence in Direct Democracy: A Multilevel Analysis

  title={Justifications and Citizen Competence in Direct Democracy: A Multilevel Analysis},
  author={C{\'e}line Colombo},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={787 - 806}
  • Céline Colombo
  • Published 10 May 2016
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
The criticism that ordinary voters lack the necessary competence to make policy decisions persists despite the growth, popularity and implementation of direct democratic instruments throughout the democratic world. This article presents a novel measure of voters’ levels of justification as a possible, policy-specific, conceptualization of citizen competence in direct democracy. Using a unique dataset based on thirty-four ballot decisions in Switzerland, the study analyses the levels and… 
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