Direct democracy

  • a landsgemeinde, or assembly, of the canton of glarus, on 7 may 2006, switzerland.

    direct democracy or pure democracy is a form of democracy in which people decide on policy initiatives directly. this differs from the majority of currently established democracies, which are representative democracies. the theory and practice of direct democracy and participation as its common characteristic was the core of work of many theorists, philosophers and politicians, among whom the most important are jean jacques rousseau, john stuart mill, and g.d.h. cole.[1]

  • overview
  • history
  • examples
  • democratic reform trilemma
  • electronic direct democracy
  • relation to other movements
  • in schools
  • contemporary movements
  • see also
  • references
  • bibliography
  • further reading
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A Landsgemeinde, or assembly, of the canton of Glarus, on 7 May 2006, Switzerland.

Direct democracy or pure democracy is a form of democracy in which people decide on policy initiatives directly. This differs from the majority of currently established democracies, which are representative democracies. The theory and practice of direct democracy and participation as its common characteristic was the core of work of many theorists, philosophers and politicians, among whom the most important are Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and G.D.H. Cole.[1]