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Why are binding referendums proposed directly by citizens so rare?

The Problem of Democracy A lot of ink has been spilled about the central problem of democracy. On one hand, the reason to have a democracy is because people should have some input into their ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Don't forget extreme federalism, a key feature of the Swiss model I would add at least one more key element of the Swiss model, which is that it is a federal system that pushes political authority for ...
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What is the evidence for the "tyranny of the majority problem" in a direct democracy context?

I think your requirements are just too restricting to find many examples. There aren't that many cases of direct democracy in the first place, and "voted for the destruction of a minority" is a very ...
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Did direct democracy ever work (in a lab)?

Actually, contrary to my pessimistic expectation, some studies exist, e.g."Direct Democracy and Resource Allocation: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan": Direct democracy is designed to better ...
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Why are binding referendums proposed directly by citizens so rare?

From a theoretical viewpoint, this paper on voting theory discusses one of the more fundamental problems, namely if the proposal system allows related issues to be divided so as to give binary options ...
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Why are binding referendums proposed directly by citizens so rare?

Some US states have a referendum process at the state level. I don't know how many states allow this. In some states it's rare, but in others (e.g., California, Oregon) it's quite common. I have ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

TLDR: This answer isn't saying referendums are always bad. Only that they are not always good, and no, there is not always a magic way to unwind bad ones before they do real harm. Like most complex ...
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What is the biggest flaw with this Democratic Taxation system?

The 2 major issues I see arising: Rule by special interest. Most people take many gov't functions for granted, preferring to rise to a single cause instead. This ends up creating a group of special ...
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

Certainly belongs in Se.Po, it's a core concern of politics, IMO. In a mature democracy, not necessarily including, but not excluding either, one like Rojava, evolving under the stress of a warzone, ...
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Understanding how Fascism showed that direct government is not same as self-government

Let's take these loose understandings of Laski's concepts: Self-government: the ability of a group — a church, a trade union, an ethnic community — to establish rules for itself independent of (and ...
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

In a sufficiently diverse nation, every group of people, by itself, is a minority, and therefore fears a majority trampling all over them. But this means the minorities have a shared goal that ...
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What are the advantages of the US electoral college for presidential elections over a direct vote?

Historically, the Electoral system had an advantage in that Electors are people, each with a sense of agency and discretion. Though they are and were usually appointed with a presumptive vote in mind, ...
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Which nation is a direct democracy ? (At the national scale)

Iceland seems to be one country is experimenting a form of direct democracy (source): On its website the Constitutional Council proudly proclaims the new direct-democratic elements in the draft ...
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Why are binding referendums proposed directly by citizens so rare?

"Isn't it great if citizens can directly vote on important issues?" - Perhaps, but a lot of great things don't happen in practice. There are historical reasons that Switzerland's political ...
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Would Switzerland's direct democracy survive EU membership?

As SJuan96 already pointed out in the comments, the EU does not forbid direct democracy. But of course there are certain rules that have to be obeyed when being a member of the EU - as is the case for ...
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Is there any modern political theory or strong evidence that direct democracy would not work?

Speaking philosophically, democratic systems are always a balance between efficacy and efficiency. The more fully participative a system is, the more likely it is to produce 'properly' democratic ...
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Would Switzerland's direct democracy survive EU membership?

By joining the EU, the Swiss would agree to transfer legislative competence in certain areas to the European Parliament (in conjunction with the Council of the European Union). These areas are set out ...
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How can a direct democracy, like Rojava, protect minorities from pure majoritarianism?

Minorities, and any organizations that aim to protect them, need to invest heavily in media and political technology to prevent anti-minority laws from being passed to vote. This should be possible ...
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What is the biggest flaw with this Democratic Taxation system?

This suffers from the same advantages and disadvantages of most systems of direct democracy: People don't do details. The government spends money on benefits, health, education, defence, etc, etc.......
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Is there any modern political theory or strong evidence that direct democracy would not work?

There are countries like Switzerland that use direct democracy very often and the referendums there are not too difficult to call or to pass, exact rules in the source. The voters are able to make ...
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Why is the Swiss Political Model not Replicated / Proposed Elsewhere?

Some people claim that referendums may lead to "wrong" outcomes, citing Brexit as an example. I think this claim misses the point of the Swiss system. The Swiss system is not just about ...
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What is the evidence for the "tyranny of the majority problem" in a direct democracy context?

A direct example meeting even your strict criteria goes back to the time when the first critiques of democracy were made, in classical Athens. In 427 BC, the Athenian assembly decided, by simple vote, ...
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What are the differences (in principles and in practice) between direct democracy and anarchy

These systems seem very similar to me. Anarchy is the extreme form of democracy where everyone is a decision making. While rarely admitted, democracy implies a form of "dictatorship" in that every ...
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Which nation is a direct democracy ? (At the national scale)

Direct democracy in Switzerland overrides representative democracy All major questions in Switzerland are decided by popular vote: Any law adopted by parliament may be challenged by an optional ...
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Is there any modern political theory or strong evidence that direct democracy would not work?

where most of society’s rules are just directly voted on by people? In practice most people who use the term "direct democracy" just mean "have more referendums" (referenda?). I ...
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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?

Sure, plenty do including: Marxist economists Paul Cockshott and Allin Cottrell stated: "[t]he various organs of public authority would be controlled by citizens' committees chosen by lot" ...
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Do citizens' assemblies "work"?

Citizens' assemblies are actually quite common in the UK, the US, and any nation that has adopted common law procedure: a trial jury is precisely a group of arbitrarily chosen citizens tasked with ...
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What is the evidence for the "tyranny of the majority problem" in a direct democracy context?

Frankly this is a pretty weak question (as tim answer's hints). Discrimination against minorities can happen in both representative and direct democracies. A better question would be if direct ...
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How can choosing petroleum origin when refueling be arranged?

The obvious answer is simple, but tedious and somewhat expensive. The higher costs will be passed on to customers. Establish traceability at the batch level for petroleum, and restrict mixing of ...
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