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Конституционноправни проблеми на теорията и практиката на пряката демокрация в Швейцария
Constitutional Problems Arising from the Theory and Practice of Direct Democracy in Switzerland

Author(s): Martin Belov
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Институт за държавата и правото - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the regulation, practical use and theoretical discourse of direct democracy in the Swiss Confederation. I focus on the institution of referendum and initiative mostly on the national but also on the cantonal levels as well as on the general meeting of the people (“Landsgemeinde”). My main aim in the article is to give a comprehensive description of the Swiss model of direct democracy while examining not only the structure of institutions but also their functioning in the social context and their usage by the political actors - parties, pressure groups, etc. I also make an attempt to explore the coexistence and correlation of the consocietal, party and direct democracy. Finally, I make a catalogue of the main characteristics of the Swiss direct democracy

  • Issue Year: XLVIII/2007
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 77-92
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian