Referendums Around the World: The Growing Use of Direct Democracy
Referendums have been in increasing evidence all over the democratic world - notably in connection with the evolution of the European Community and the breakup of the Soviet Union. This analysis of the strengths and weakness of referendums looks at how they fit the requirements of democracy.
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THEORY David Butler and Austin Ranney
WESTERN EUROPE Vernon Bogdanor
SWITZERLAND Kris W Kobach
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEA1 AND Colin A Hughes
EASTERN EUROPE AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION Henry
Russia and Public Opinion on Selected Issues
y DIRECT LEGISLATION IN THE AMERICAN STATES David B Magleby
United States 19001992
CONCLUSION David Butler and Austin Ranney
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