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Swiss Model of Direct Democracy


The most convincing argument in favour of the introduction of Direct Democracy is the success of this particular system of government in Switzerland.

During the beginning of 1980 to the end of 2008 alone Switzerland held referendums on 245 issues making the country the most transparent democracy in the world.

A detailed analysis of these votes can be found on www.swissvotes.ch where details on all proposals decided since 1948 can be found.

Citizens at all three levels of government (Federal, Regional and Local level) have a say in all major decisions affecting their live. Some important laws must be approved in a mandatory referendum while any group of citizens unhappy with any other legislation has the opportunity to campaign for a referendum about laws they are not satisfied with.

We reject the argument that citizens of other countries would not be able and competent to play a similar role in the governance of their respective countries. Given the opportunity to participate in a proper discussion about the facts before any referendum all political arguments would lead to decisions that are more carefully assessed and understood by the whole population.

While Switzerland is a relatively small country - if you call a country with a population of nearly 8 million small - it also faces the extra challenge of being home to three culturally and linguistically different communities.

More on the Swiss Model

Swiss voters reject ban on assisted suicide
Swiss reject tighter gun law


 


 

Why you should support
Dirdem:

Are you angry when people want to control your life?

Are you angry when people want to live off the fruit of your work?

Are you angry when people want to tell you what to think?

►If your answer is YES
to any or all of the above questions then you should support our Movement.



DIRDEM
is more than a traditional Political Party. We do not see this Cause as a career choice - or stepping stone leading to a lucrative career in the private sector.

DIRDEM
is not a Think Tank that publishes lengthy reports that are only read by a few insiders and later disappear in some library of filing cabinet.

DIRDEM
is not a Lobby or Special Interest Group that tries to gain advantage at the expense of other groups of society.

DIRDEM
is not a Religion or Ideology and does not try to make people believe in something except in the belief that no one should be allowed to rule our lives.
 

Decisions you would be able to influence:

By giving the reader examples of recent policy decisions we highlight the dramatic impact the introduction of Direct Democracy would have on the political life of all countries.

All the following decisions where taken without the participation of the affected citizens. Some - if not most - were highly controversial and have a negative effect for at least some major parts of the country's population.

The present system of government not only leaves the citizens powerless in the face of a never-ending tide of legislation, it also inevitably leads to inefficient use of taxpayer's money and a steady erosion of civil liberties.

See what decisions the citizens could influence directly in a proper democratic system

 

 

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