Republican politicians in Arkansas were seething three years ago over progressive initiatives that legalized medical marijuana and increased minimum wage.
Direct Democracy and Ballot Initiatives articles on Democracy Chronicles
This section has the latest DC news on direct democracy, something akin to a pure democracy, a form of democracy whereby people decide policy initiatives directly as opposed to a representative democracy. Cooperatives (Co-ops), Democratic Workplaces, Collectives, Communes, Intentional Communities, Referendums and Ballot Initiatives are also featured right here until we build more content for this neglected area of democratic experimentation. Also see our section on American democracy and get more info at Voting Methods Central.
What Will It Take To Make Democracy More Representative?
Multiple dimensions of identity simultaneously shape pathways to candidacy and representation for all groups seeking a seat.
Trump Calls For Election Of Principals By School Parents
Former President Donald Trump launched a fired-up culture war… at American classrooms, calling… for certification of “patriotic teachers.
Slovakia Tries The Swiss Path Of Popular Initiatives
Three decades after independence, Slovakia is trailing Switzerland on the path of decision-making via direct democratic popular rights.
The Swiss Answer For US Congressional Gridlock
It is difficult to have laws passed in the US, a systemic gridlock that could be addressed using the Swiss “people power” model.
How Participatory Budgeting Gives Citizens A Say In Financial Matters
Switzerland is the only country in the world where the participatory method is applied as a binding rule, according to the Italian research group Politis.
Los Angeles Doesn’t Need A City Council
The people of L.A. will have the opportunity to live a dream and fire their failed politicians, so they can take up the work of local democracy.
On Gerrymandering And Judicial Democracy
I am against gerrymandering and want to see every instance of it abolished so Americans have more equality and power when they vote.
Republican Assault On Citizen-Led Ballot Initiatives
America has used ballot initiatives to implement direct democracy. However, it is increasingly under attack from Republicans nationwide.
Chilean Constitution: A Rejection In The Name Of Democracy
On Sunday, over 60% of Chileans rejected a directly elected convention’s draft new national constitution. They had good and bad reasons.