Direct Democracy: The International IDEA Handbook.

14 12 2009

URL: Source: International IDEA.

Examples of direct democracy can be found all over the world, although the way it is applied and the name given to it may vary from country to country. As used in the Handbook, direct democracy can be identified in four different forms: Referendums, giving people a direct vote on a specific political, constitutional or legislative issue; Citizens’ initiatives which allow people to force a vote on an issue; Agenda initiatives that enable people to place an issue on the government’s agenda; and Recall procedures which set a framework for citizens to vote to remove an elected official from office.




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