Switzerland is considered a model of direct democracy. Collecting signatures for referenda and initiatives is a regular occurrence, with up to four nationwide votes a year. Does direct democracy exist in other countries, and to what extent?This content was published on September 18, 2012 - 11:00
According to research from the Centre for Democracy Studies in central Switzerland, it is possible in 38 countries around the world to collect the signatures needed to force a vote. And it’s not opposition parties using this instrument, but civil society in most cases.
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