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Direct Democracy
Bruno Kaufmann, Expertise: Global affairs, International relations, democratization processes, electoral processes, participatory and direct democracy. Initials: bk

Should the United States establish a nationwide initiative and referendum process?

On November 3, as well as electing a new president, more than 150 million US citizens across the world will decide on hundreds of local and regional level citizens’ initiatives and referendums.  

But as the world’s oldest modern democracy suffers continuing polarization and populism, a growing number are proposing such a remedy at the national level: the adoption of direct democracy, which would allow Americans to vote, by referendum, on the biggest questions dividing the country.

What do you think? Would you be in favour or against such a democratic change in the republic? Why?

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