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Do citizens' assemblies “work”?

A citizen's assembly is a group of "random" yet representative individuals former with the aim to deliberate on a specific issue of national interest, listen to the view of a broad range of "relevant" ...
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Would Switzerland's direct democracy survive EU membership? [closed]

The Swiss citizenry has this year ruled, among other things, on extension of federal government's taxation rights until 2035, giving monopoly on money creation to the Swiss National Bank, on the ...
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Is Erdogan seen as a potential dictator in Turkey?

An interesting analogy made by Visual Politik in this video claims that: [Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the] "Anakin Skywalker of politics, he started out as the good guy in the movie but we all know ...
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Has this campaign strategy been tried anywhere before?

I was thinking of a localized direct/representative democracy hybrid, in which a local politician (thinking US House Rep for reference as the best balance of reach and scope here) holds a "referendum ...
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Did direct democracy ever work (in a lab)?

We have had a couple of questions that discussed both the pros/cons of direct democracy in theory, as well as whether it was ever implemented in actual polity. But these are not necessarily very ...
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Where to draw a line between representative democracy and a direct democracy? [Focus on the *where*]

I realized while asking the question "Which nation is a direct democracy?" that it can't be answered without first drawing a line between a democracy direct and representative. It's not easy since ...
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Which nation is a direct democracy ? (At the national scale)

The direct democracy Wikipedia's page only talk about Switzerland. Is there any other nation that uses this system at the national level? Edit 1: in a direct democracy (DD), I mean a system in which ...
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Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy [closed]

Back in the days, direct democracy is where the will of the people is translated into public policy directly by the people themselves. And republic democracy was held by those eligible to vote, while ...
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What is the biggest flaw with this Democratic Taxation system? [closed]

Imagine a country where up to 50% of the tax dollars are allocated by the people instead of congress/government. Once a year, the citizens file a vote with their tax return, which allocates ...
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Why are binding referendums proposed directly by citizens so rare?

Switzerland has an interesting system where citizens may directly call for a legally binding referendum, ranging from a simple questions ("Should religious calls for prayers be prohibited?") to ...
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Replacing governments by StackExchange-type forums : would that respect “democratic” values? [duplicate]

First of all, I'm not a specialist of the theme at all, so it is a naive question, probably too vague, but I'm doing my best to make it precise and I have the feeling that it could lead to interesting ...
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Would voting for ideas instead of political parties be a good idea? [duplicate]

First of all I'm explaining with I refer to with ideas, after all by voting a political party you are voting some ideas. Most political parties have a certain set of ideas that they may apply or not, ...
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What about this political process is useful for making the world great again? [closed]

For some reason cynicism, skepticism, and doubt are the communication tactics of the disenfranchised voices in the world. If government was inclusive, transparent and we voted for ideas instead of ...
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Would an EU wide referendum/plebiscite on e.g. TTIP possible?

I'm curious if it would be possible to start a referendum in all EU member states about implementing TTIP or not. E.g: Let's say, a 1 million big group of people across different EU states would have ...
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What are the differences (in principles and in practice) between direct democracy and anarchy

Following Wikipedia, [d]irect democracy (also known as pure democracy)[1] is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. (...) [D]...
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Have any systems of direct democracy ever been proposed that are specifically designed to mitigate the problem of “mob rule”?

A common argument against direct democracy is that it allows majority groups to unfairly discriminate against minorities; in motto form, "mob rule." Question. Have any systems of direct democracy ...
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Online data on Australian politician votes

I am not intimately familiar with the political process of voting on bills and reporting on results of votes, but I'm wondering: When politicians vote on bills in parliament, is information about the ...
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Looking for the name of a voting process by public token [closed]

I though about doing a publicly verifiable voting system, here is the idea: You give each voter a random random corresponding to his vote You make every vote public as a list of (voting number, vote) ...
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Is there a website or online database of what policies different politicians have voted for?

Ideally I think there should be an accessible website where people can make informed decisions on who they want to vote for based on the past actions of politicians. If this does not exist, any ...
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Where and how has crowdsourcing been implemented in politics?

The Socialist Party in The Netherlands has previously employed a crowdsourcing website (Dutch-language link) to gather ideas on popular ways to bring down unnecessary health-care costs. Anybody could ...
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What are the main arguments in favour and against general assemblies as legislative bodies?

The Swiss canton of Glarus still practices the concept of the Landsgemeinde. Quoting from Wikipedia: Eligible citizens of the canton meet on a certain day in the open air to decide on laws and ...