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Switzerland: A Future Model for the European Union? Similarities and Differences (D4.2)

February 27, 2017

1. EU integration is trying to achieve more political integration and accommodation of a much higher degree of diversity in much less time than has ever been the case in Switzerland. Integration and expansion processes that were slower and non-linear in Switzerland and that happened in separate…

EUROPEAN POLICY BRIEF: TOWARDS A MORE LEGITIMATE FORM OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

February 3, 2017

TOWARDS A MORE LEGITIMATE FORM OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION Policy scenarios and recommendations from bEUcitizen, a research project on the barriers to realise and exercise citizenship rights by European Union citizens Written by Francis Cheneval   Drawing on research…

Report on experiences with existing ECI (Deliverable 8.8)

June 21, 2016

In this report we take stock of the EU's most recent democratic innovation, the European Citizens Initiative (ECI). In doing so we adopt a threefold strategy. First, we unpack the institutional features of the ECI to situate it within a broader universe of relatively well understood mechanisms of…

Report on options for direct democracy in the EU (Deliverable 8.7)

One of the solutions proposed both by politicians and scholars to deal with the alleged democratic deficit of the European Union is to favour direct participation of EU citizens in decision-making at the European level. The object of D.8.7 is to assess the viability of EU referenda as a mechanism…

Blog What to Make of Direct Democracy?

November 30, 2015

  The up-coming referendum in the UK on EU-membership is a suitable occasion for a more general reflection on popular votes, democracy and European integration. Conventional wisdom holds that political integration to…