RF 2: Institutions and practice of Direct Democracy
As a pillar of the Swiss political system, direct democracy cannot be but a particularly central research object for a democracy centre in Switzerland. The variety of direct democracy transposing instruments and procedures is often underestimated, not only abroad, as well as the differences in the actual use of direct democratic institutions.
The people's constituent power: referendums on sovereignty issues
This project seeks to investigate the role of the referendum where contested sovereignty is at stake. It focuses on two dimensions of contested sovereignty: Firstly, issues related to territorial concerns, such as secession; and secondly, functional issues, such as delegation to international/supranational organisations. The aim is to map dynamics across distinct geographical regions and over time to better understand the intersection between direct democracy and contested sovereignty in an age of increasing globalisation and territorial reconfiguration.
project lead: Fernando Mendez
project collaborators: Andreas Auer, Corsin Bisaz, Nicolas Aubert, Micha Germann
further information (project database c2d)