The New Challenge of Direct Democracy

Budge, Ian
Publisher:  Polity
Year Published:  1996  
Pages:  216pp   ISBN:  978-0745617657
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX12590

Direct democracy involves citizens in discussion and decisions about what the government is to do, rather than leaving this to officials or parliaments. It thus challenges the restrictions placed by representative democracies such as Britain and the United States on political consultation and popular participation. Why should responsible adults not take public decisions as well as making their own individual choices?

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