Direct Democracy

1 Sep 2016

Doing referendums differently

There’s no denying it: referendums have become a central feature of our politics. So it’s about time we started thinking seriously about how we should run them. Since 2011 we have had two UK-wide referendums (on voting reform and membership of the European Union), a Scottish independence referendum, and a Welsh referendum on devolution of powers. The UK is in an extended period of constitutional […]
15 Oct 2015

What is the plural of referendum? Political disengagement...

Switzerland. A land of chocolate, neutrality and a surprisingly well-armed population . Switzerland is also home to a unique democratic system, the closest to direct democracy in the world. Citizens have the ability to force two types of referendums. The first requires 50,000 signatures and allows citizens the option to veto any law going through parliament. The second requires 100,000 signatures […]