Referendums Are True Democratic Devices

  title={Referendums Are True Democratic Devices},
  author={Antoine Chollet},
  journal={Swiss Political Science Review},
  • Antoine Chollet
  • Published 1 September 2018
  • Political Science
  • Swiss Political Science Review

Designing Popular Vote Processes to Enhance Democratic Systems

The main aim of this final essay is to draw on the insights gathered in the Debate “Do Referendums Enhance or Threaten Democracy” to inform future normative and empirical discussions about the design

Referéndum y deliberación

espanolUna de las criticas mas habituales que se realiza contra el empleo del referendum como cauce de decision de los asuntos publicos es aquella que hace referencia a sus carencias deliberativas.

Information in Referendum Campaigns: How Can It Be Improved?

ABSTRACT High-quality information is widely regarded as essential for democratic referendum campaigns, but what this means and how it can be advanced has not been systematically studied. By reviewing



The Institutional Design of Referendums: Bottom-Up and Binding

Contemporary democratic theorists generally argue that “referendums,” understood as popular votes on political issues as opposed to elections in which citizens select representatives, are not fit for

Majority Rule, Compromise and the Democratic Legitimacy of Referendums

  • R. Bellamy
  • Political Science
    Swiss Political Science Review
  • 2018
Cheneval and el-Wakil () defend referendums as a mechanism that allows a popular majority to express itself in situations where the standard channels of representative democracy fail to include the

Philosophy and Politics

It would not be surprising if our deliberate suggestion, indeed, our intentional insistence that there is a connection between the words philosophy and politics were to evoke suspicion and dissent.

The Original Meaning of “Democracy”: Capacity to Do Things, not Majority Rule

That the original meaning of democracy is "capacity to do things" not "majority rule" emerges from a study of the fifth and fourth century B.C. Greek vocabulary for regime-types. Special attention is