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A direct democracy differs from the more common representative democracy in that all political decisions are put forth to the general voters to decide (i.e. a referendum) instead of elected representatives. Use for questions related to this form of government.

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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Switzerland is generally recognized as a quite functional and prosperous society. It also features a political model with quite unique features: All significant parties participate in the executive ...
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Are there prominent persons who expressed a believe that a government run by people chosen by sortition is more effective than a typical democracy?

Wikipedia's page on the history of sortition explained that some people believe that sortition solves the problems associated with representative democracies. Are there any scholars, politicians, ...
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Is there a name for a policy where taxpayers decide who gets their money [duplicate]

I was thinking about what the implications would be if everyone still has to pay the same amount of taxes as they do now. But for a portion of their taxes they can decide to give it to specific ...
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Is there any modern political theory or strong evidence that direct democracy would not work?

If one considers a society with a more direct relationship between what people want and the policies of the country, is there any reason to believe it would not work? In the U.S., people vote for ...
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

In representative democracy, often people can use the monopoly of violence for a good cause by enforcing protection of minorities that are enshrined in constitutions that can be violently imposed. ...
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Why is the government formed around a representative people party and not around a problems/improvements priority system?

Why isn't there a government system that uses the majority voting system against problems/ideas that need to be addressed within a society, e.g. having referendums on every vote. The point of this is ...
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Understanding how Fascism showed that direct government is not same as self-government

Harold Joseph Laski in his book Parliamentary Government in England writes: Direct government, in short, is not the same thing as self-government; it may, indeed, as the experience of Fascist ...
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Was "The Mandate of Heaven" a theory of directly democratic revolution?

The Mandate of Heaven philosophy states that if a ruler was overthrown by the people, it was Heaven executing its will - with respect to an ineffective ruler. The Duke of Zhou created the idea in ...
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Can influence diagrams be an effective tool to mediate political disagreements?

From Wikipedia: An influence diagram (also called a relevance diagram, decision diagram or a decision network) is a compact graphical and mathematical representation of a decision situation. It ...
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How can choosing petroleum origin when refueling be arranged?

A statutory instrument becomes effective in May 2020 in Sweden saying that petroleum providers need to declare country of origin of liquid and gaseous fuel. How could this be arranged as an active ...
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What is the evidence for the "tyranny of the majority problem" in a direct democracy context?

I have read about the ways to mitigate the "mob rule" or "tyranny of the majority" here, but is it a practical issue in the first place ? Has it been observed in a direct democracy context or in a ...
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Does India have something similar to a referendum proposition?

I am an Indian student in the US, and I have recently witnessed an election here. In California and Florida (I have seen a ballot for that state), the voters also vote on some key issues in addition ...
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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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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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What are the advantages of the US electoral college for presidential elections over a direct vote?

In what way does this improve the representation of smaller states beyond what would be provided by a direct vote?
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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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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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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 ...
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How does direct democracy compare to representative democracy?

Back in the olden days of Greece, direct democracy was practiced. All citizens could vote directly on every issue decided by the state. This is significantly different to the representative ...
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