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Direct Democracy : A Double-Edged Sword - by Shauna Reilly (Hardcover)

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Reilly evaluates the power of citizens to truly implement change and influence over the governing of their respective jurisdictions through the democratic process. Over the course of the book she examines different types of direct democracy mechanisms—referenda, recalls, and initiatives—through specific case studies around the world to illustrate the variations in the utilization of these mechanisms. She looks at referendum usages, discusses recalls and how they are used as a check and balance on political leaders during their terms, and examines initiatives and how citizens work together to propose and pass legislation through direct democracy mechanisms. Reilly describes how direct democracy is used at different levels of government and in combination, and illuminates the dark side of recalls, outside interests and limits placed by the state. Finally, she discusses these mechanisms in different contexts, providing a fascinating depiction of direct democracy in authoritarian regimes, state breakdowns, and peacebuilding, and concludes by making theoretical connections between the chapters and proposes suggestions for future work. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 209
Genre: Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub
Author: Shauna Reilly
Language: English
Street Date: February 6, 2018
TCIN: 53149670
UPC: 9781626377141
Item Number (DPCI): 248-55-8651
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