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Direct Democracy

A Double-Edged Sword

Shauna Reilly (author)

ISBN: 9781626377141

Publication Date: Mar 2018

Format: Hardback

Direct democracy is lauded for putting power in the hands of the people. But is it really as democratic as it seems? To what extent is it less about citizen power and more about external influences seeking to manipulate outcomes? Shauna Reilly draws on case studies of referendums, recall elections, and initiatives around the world to investigate the complex realities of direct democracy in action.
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Direct democracy typically is lauded for putting power in the hands of the people. But is it really as democratic as it seems? To what extent, and in what circumstances, is it less about citizen power and more about external influences seeking to manipulate outcomes?

Addressing these issues, Shauna Reilly draws on and compares case studies of referendums, recall elections, and initiatives around the world to investigate the complex realities of direct democracy in action.

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A very fine book. Not only one that will become part of my personal library, but also one that I will be quoting in my own work in years to come."-Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University, UK
Pages 200
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2018
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Subject/s Elections & referenda   Political ideologies   Political structures: democracy  
  • Power and Manipulation in Direct Democracy.
  • Referendums: Rare but Powerful.
  • Recall Elections: A Mixed Power.
  • Initiatives: True Citizen Power or Facade?
  • Federalism: Power Struggles.
  • Authoritarian Governments: Using Democracy to Limit Citizen Power.
  • The Power of Words: Secession Referendums.
  • The Power of Voters: Creating and Rejecting Peace.
  • What's Next?
Shauna Reilly is associate professor of political science at Northern Kentucky University, USA.

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