Sunday, August 7, 2011
The History of Direct Democracy in Switzerland
The following is an excerpt from Kris W. Kobach, The Referendum: Direct Democracy in Switzerland (Aldershot, England, 1993: Dartmouth Publishing).

Since 1993, some important constitutional changes have been legislated in Switzerland. In 1999, Switzerland accepted a new constitution. Therefore, some of the made assertions are no longer valid (such as total revision of the constitution, limits to direct democracy and formal protection of unofficial minorities). The following article is, nevertheless, very useful for the understanding of Swiss political institutions. (Europa-Magazin).

by Kris W. Kobach, law professor at the University of Missouri (Kansas City) School of Law. (pdf-document)

history_direct_democracy (application/pdf, 151 KB)