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Palle Svensson

Direct and Representative Democracy - Supplementing, not Excluding Each Other

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This paper presents and discuses four main arguments for and against direct democracy, popular initiatives and referendums: (1) higher responsiveness versus lesser quality; (2) higher popular responsibility versus weaker representatives; (3) higher popular participation versus deeper conflicts: and (4) more transparency and enlightened understanding versus less confidentiality. The arguments are discussed in relation to general political goals of good government such as legitimacy, efficiency and stability. The basic thesis of the paper is that direct and representative forms of democracy are not exclusive. Much of the disagreement among those in favour of and in opposition to the introduction of more elements of direct democracy is caused by arguments that could be tested empirically and on more or less implicit assumptions about an either-or rather than a more-or-less of these forms of government. Nevertheless, fundamentally different conceptions of democratic representation also play a part.  

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelIkke angivet
Antal sider31
ForlagDepartment of Political Science, University of Aarhus
Udgivelsesår2007
StatusUdgivet - 2007
BegivenhedECPR Joint Sessions - Helsinki, Finland
Varighed: 7 maj 200712 maj 2007

Konference

KonferenceECPR Joint Sessions
LandFinland
ByHelsinki
Periode07/05/200712/05/2007

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