The Referendum

Besides the (political) establishment, there is another player, however: the citizens. Direct democracy through referendums always hangs over the federal decision makers. The Constitution has three types of federal referendums (also cantons and municipalities have referendums). A compulsory referendum (das obligatorische Referendum) is compulsory if the Constitution says so, for example in cases of accession … Read more » “The Referendum”

The political system of Switzerland

The political system of Switzerland is considered a particular case among modern democracies. The origin of this lies in a multitude of languages, relatively independent cantons, and historical development. These circumstances have led to the emergence of a political system characterised by far-reaching federalism, a direct democracy, striving for compromise and participating citizens and highly … Read more » “The political system of Switzerland”

A short History of Direct Democracy

The Swiss model of direct democracy often functions as an example of involving citizens and organisations in decision-making procedures. However, the historical development and functioning in the specific context of this country are often unknown. Every system has its advantages and disadvantages, although one thing is sure: the democratic system is the least bad, whether … Read more » “A short History of Direct Democracy”