Direct democracy

This content was published on September 18, 2006 - 12:39

The term describes a political system in which the people exert power directly. It differs from representative democracy in which the people delegate this power to elected representatives. The two main instruments of direct democracy in Switzerland are the people's initiative and the optional referendum. Switzerland is referred to as a semi-direct democracy because its system has recourse to both direct democracy and representative public institutions.

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