The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI)
The essays collected in this volume by authors from different disciplines, backgrounds and nationalities offer reflections on citizenship rights and themes relating to the European crisis, as well as on the necessary steps to revive development in Europe. The informative and functional documentation proposed in the Appendix constitutes a user manual for the potential and concrete application of this new right by European citizens and their various associations.
Direct Democracy: Driving Force for a New Political Federal Culture?
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Driving Force for a New Political Federal Culture?1
In today’s world, decision-making is ever more complex. Globalization, European integration and individualization are challenging the classical forms of political decision-making. Different actors with different legitimacies at different levels all play a role in shaping nearly every policy. Direct democracy opens up possibilities for direct involvement of the citizenry in political decision-making. It fosters popular participation and enhances responsiveness. It is thus a possible tool for overcoming democratic deficits and increasing transparency.
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