People as the Holder and Performer of Sovereignty – Reanimation of Direct Democracy Cover Image

Народ као носилац и вршилац суверености – реанимација непосредне демократије
People as the Holder and Performer of Sovereignty – Reanimation of Direct Democracy

Author(s): Dragutin Avramović, Darko Simović
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Politics and society, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: Popular sovereignty; Direct democracy; Electronic democracy; Popular initiative; Referendum;

Summary/Abstract: The authors examine possibility of direct democracy revival in contemporary environment. Based upon thought that performance of sovereign power should not be placed too far from the people as the real holder of sovereignty, they foster idea of a wider use of institutions typical for direct democracy. They suggest that it might be the first step towards revitalization of ancient Athenian type of democracy in new circumstances. Along with the fast technological development and expansion of new information technologies, technical limitations are not a vast obstacle anymore in establishing something what could be qualified as an “electronic agora”. Electronic popular initiatives and electronic referendums could be become quick, efficient and inexpensive modes in acquiring social consensus upon the most important legal and political issues. The authors hold that a kind of Rousseau’s social contract could have a chance to be realized in a cyber space, through a kind of cyber ecclesia.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 213-231
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian