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Who educates the educators? Direct Democracy and participation increase.

Pedro Capra Vieira
University of Zurich
Pedro Capra Vieira
University of Zurich
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Abstract

This paper aims to observe if the use of mechanisms of direct democracy can help to create forms that can bring people to the policy making life in order to help representatives on deliberative work. In order to do so, examples will be presented. Cases like the use of referendum in Ireland and mechanisms of direct democracy in Italy and Switzerland can help to understand the role of participation, constitutional rights, and democratic improvements. The purpose of this action is to produce standards that define the different uses of mechanisms of direct democracy. Besides investigating how the form that starts a referendum affects the outcome, or analyze the relevance of those organizing the call in the explanation of the final characteristics of the popular consultation. Why this proposal? The research idea is that democracy is going through changes that make it more governable. This leads to the need to formulate new rules to continue to guarantee democracy as the form of government. The adaptation of democracy to new situations is not new. It happened when with the rise of the social contract as a means of regulating the relations of men. To accept the application of laws on their lives as citizens increasingly fought for to participate in the drafting of these laws. Following those leads we hope that the discussion can enlighten the debate of popular participation, direct democracy and referendum/initiative.