Direct Democracy in the Baltic States: Institutions, Procedures and Practice in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by Evren SomerDirect Democracy in the Baltic States: Institutions, Procedures and Practice in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by Evren Somer

Direct Democracy in the Baltic States: Institutions, Procedures and Practice in Estonia, Latvia and…

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Over the last decades, provisions for direct democracy have increasingly been added to new constitutions around the world, including in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Using a comparative legal approach, this book identifies a large set of direct democratic instruments in the Baltics that are being activated either automatically, by public authorities or by the citizens. Although direct democracy should empower the people to share state power and to take political decisions over the heads of their representatives, the results of its practical use between 1991 and 2014 do not confirm these assumptions. Besides informal aspects there are many procedural obstacles in each country that restrict not only the use of such tools but also the chance that the referendum will pass.

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Evren Somer is a researcher at the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy, a department of the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (Switzerland). His research focuses mainly on direct democracy in Switzerland and the Baltic States.

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Title:Direct Democracy in the Baltic States: Institutions, Procedures and Practice in Estonia, Latvia and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:February 23, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Legal framework and practice of direct democracy in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – Conceptualisation of the mechanisms of direct democracy – Informal and legal constraints on referendums – The quality of direct democracy in the Baltics: Rich in instruments, moderate in use, poor in performance.