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Democracy on demand

Holding power to account

By Matt Qvortrup

Democracy on demand
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  • Publish Date: Aug 2021
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5895-6
    • Pages: 256
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: August 2021

    Description

    Direct democracy makes you richer. Research shows that the average citizen earns nearly a $1000 for every referendum held, and that a strong correlation exists between the frequency of referendums and a GDP per capita. Referendums can also improve the quality of democracy. So why don't we see more?

    Drawing on a three decades of research, Qvortrup presents a definitive statement on the benefits and history referendums, including examples of how this instrument of democracy has been both utilised and abused. The book outlines the history of referendums, explains when politicians have submitted issues to the voters, why these votes have been won or lost - and ultimately why it matters. Uniquely, the book also examines the role of social media in referendum campaigns and make suggestions for improving the process of direct democracy

    Written in a lucid style by one of the world's leading experts on referendums, Democracy on demand is a timely reminder of the importance of democracy in our politics, offering new insights into how direct democracy can both improve our lives and at the same time strengthen our societies.

    Contents

    Introduction: the spectre of direct democracy

    Part I: Philosophy
    1 The ideal of on demand direct democracy

    Part II: Practice
    2 A brief history of the practice and consequences of referendums
    3 Referendums, nationalism and separatism

    Part III: Regulation
    4 The regulation of referendums: campaign spending

    Part IV: Improving direct democracy
    5 Referendums and deliberative democracy
    6 The recall as a mechanism for increasing accountability: an American case study
    7 Citizen-initiated referendums: an empirical assessment

    Conclusion: bringing it all back home

    Index

    Author

    Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science at Coventry University

    Democracy on demand

    By Matt Qvortrup

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