Citizens' Initiatives in Europe: Procedures and Consequences of Agenda-Setting by Citizens

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

EditorMaija Setälä, Theo Schiller

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An exploration and analysis of the regulation and practices of citizens' initiatives in eleven European democracies and the EU. The contributors to this volume shed light on how citizens' initiatives influence patterns of political agenda-setting in representative democracies and how they can contribute to participatory democracy.

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An exploration and analysis of the regulation and practices of citizens' initiatives in eleven European democracies and the EU. The contributors to this volume shed light on how citizens' initiatives influence patterns of political agenda-setting in representative democracies and how they can contribute to participatory democracy.

MAIJA SETÄLÄ Academy Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Turku, Finland. She specializes in democratic theory, direct democracy and democratic innovation and has published several articles and books on these topics. THEO SCHILLER Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Phil...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.67 × 5.64 × 0.94 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230319696

ISBN - 13:9780230319691

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Table of Contents

Introduction; T.Schiller & M.Setälä
PART I: PRACTICES OF FULL-SCALE INITIATIVES
Switzerland: Citizens' Initiatives as a Measure to Control the Political Agenda; G.Lutz
Initiatives in Liechtenstein - Safety Valve in a Complex System of Government; W.Marxer
An Electoral Tactic? Citizens' Initiatives in Post-Soviet Latvia; D.Auers
PART II: SYSTEMS MIXING DIFFERENT TYPES OF INITIATIVES
Institutions of Citizens' Political Participation in Italy: Crooked Forms, Hindered Institutionalization; P.Uleri
Initiative Instruments in Germany – Variations in Regional States; T.Schiller
Citizens' Initiative in Hungary: An Additional Opportunity for Power-Sharing in an Extremely Majoritarian System; Z.T.Pállinger
Citizens' Initiative in Lithuania: Initiative Institutions and their Political Impact in a New Democracy; A.Krupavicius
If It Works, Fine, If Not, So What? Initiatives in Slovakia; E.Láštic
PART III: PRACTICES OF AGENDA INITIATIVES
The Austrian Agenda Initiative: An Instrument Dominated by Opposition Parties; K.Giese
The Spanish Agenda Initiative and the Reform of its Legal Regime: A New Chance for Participatory Democracy?; V.Cuesta-López
Popular Initiatives in Poland: Citizen Empowerment or Keeping Up Appearances?; A.Rytel-Warzocha
Transnational 'Babystep': The European Citizens' Initiative; B.Kaufmann
Comparative Findings; T.Schiller & M.Setälä

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"An important contribution to the comparative literature on direct democracy. The growing use of initiatives and the coming into effect of the new European Citizens' Initiative make this a particularly timely publication." - Lawrence LeDuc, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada "This is an impressive book. It covers an obvious need and is written by the best experts within the field. A major contribution to our understanding of democracy in Europe."- Palle Svensson, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark 'An important contribution to the comparative literature on direct democracy. The growing use of initiatives and the coming into effect of the new European Citizens' Initiative make this a particularly timely publication.' - Lawrence LeDuc, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada "This is an impressive book. It covers an obvious need and is written by the best experts within the field. A major contribution to our understanding of democracy in Europe."- Palle Svensson, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark