It is difficult to have laws passed in the US, a systemic gridlock that could be addressed using the Swiss “people power” model.
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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.
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.
I am against gerrymandering and want to see every instance of it abolished so Americans have more equality and power when they vote.
America has used ballot initiatives to implement direct democracy. However, it is increasingly under attack from Republicans nationwide.
On Sunday, over 60% of Chileans rejected a directly elected convention’s draft new national constitution. They had good and bad reasons.
Democracy does not have a singular definition, which is one of the things that makes it so interesting to me — and undoubtedly to many of you.
A vibrant landscape of eDemocracy solutions already exists, from Participatory Budgeting to Citizen Consultation, and from Online Ideation to Voting.
Boulder is looking for community feedback on proposal to repeal rule that requires campaigns using its new online petitioning system.
Roslyn Fuller, a leading expert in the study of the Athenian political system, speaks with me about her work and the direct democracy of ancient Athens.