The theory of direct democracy


When instruments of direct democracy are to be introduced or modified, questions arise in relation to the normative and institutional requirements for such decisions. The project group theory of direct democracy addresses this topic.

Ongoing projects

Reconsidering Direct Democracy: The Value of the Facultative Referendum in Democratic Systems

This doctoral project discusses the democratic legitimacy of democratic systems including the facultative referendum procedure from a normative political theory perspective.
Project leader: Alice el-Wakil
Duration: 2014–2018
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Completed projects

Theory of direct democracy

Project leaders: Andreas Auer, Corsin Bisaz
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Constitutional Conventions, Direct Democracy and Institutional Change

Project leader: Andreas Auer
Project collaborators: Jonathan Wheatley, Beat Kuoni, Nina Massüger, Ana Tornic, Mike Peart, Maja Harris
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The theory of direct democracy