Direct Democracy in Switzerland Epub Ô Direct


  • Paperback
  • 287 pages
  • Direct Democracy in Switzerland
  • Gregory Fossedal
  • English
  • 24 May 2016
  • 9781412805056

3 thoughts on “Direct Democracy in Switzerland

  1. Thomas Preusser Thomas Preusser says:

    The Swiss whose democratic heritage is one of the oldest in the world could serve as a model for improving democratic processes in general The American author Gregory Fossedal provides a thorough discussion of Swiss democratic heritage and processes inclusive of time spent living in Switzerland interviewing numerous Swiss citizensBy most socio economic metrics the Swiss are at or near the top of world rankings The Swiss attribute most of this success to their democracy which is high in citizen involvement More specifically the Swiss have a direct democracy which uses citizen initiatives and referendums to give citizens a direct vote on important issues Contrast this with hard core representative democracy where decisions by representatives are over influenced and corrupted by money'd special interests Lobbying in Switzerland is minimal since any decision can be put to vote by all citizensSome might say the Swiss benefit because they don't have to deal with the problems of being a diverse society In fact the truth is uite the opposite First of all the Swiss have successfully melded German French and Italian cultures and languages They have also successfully melded ardent religious groups and large blocks of immigrants This melding perhaps begins with a policy of universal military service for men which fosters an attitude of service to society in general women can also serve in the military in noncombat roles but are not obligated to do so The other aspect of Swiss direct democracy that stands out is that it is run by a diverse seven member executive committee working with a legislature comprised of elected representatives as opposed to being run by a chief executive such as a president This is akin to a business having a board of directors representing all stakeholders Contrast this with most democracies which have in effect defaulted the board of directors function to money'd lobbyists representing elites Legislatures comprised of hundreds of representatives seem incapable of providing this board of directors function even if representatives are parceled out to committees of smaller numberIn the end successful democracies are in a scientific sense complex adaptive systems The Swiss have a system of government that has successfully proved its adaptability


  2. Thomas Ray Thomas Ray says:

    Heaven and HellIn heaven the cooks are French the auto mechanics are German the cops are British the lovers are Italian and everything is run by the SwissIn hell the cooks are British the auto mechanics are French the cops are German the lovers are Swiss and everything is run by the ItaliansWith apologies to all of the above


  3. Denise DeRocher Denise DeRocher says:

    A fascinating look into a political system whose participation rate far exceeds anything no other country in the world has ever achieved


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Direct Democracy in Switzerland Only one country in the world Switzerland is a direct democracy in which to an extent the people pass their own laws judge the constitutionality of statutes and even have written in effect their own constitution In this propitious volume Gregory Fossedal reports on the politics and social fabric of what James Bryce has called the nation that has taken the democratic idea to its furthest extent The lessons Fossedal presents at a time of dissatisfaction with the role of money and privileged elites in many Western democracies are at once timely and urgent