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Free paper by GUEST AUTHOR
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Referenda: Plebiscites or Opinion Polls
An Analysis of the Use, Constitutionality and Appropriateness of Direct Democracy in the British Constitution
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Citizens' democracy in local government: The role of ICT
Seminar at the Assembly of the European Regions held in northern Finland. Speakers include
1) Dr. Michael Macpherson, Director Integral Studies and Founder of I&Rgb, Campaign for Direct Democracy in Britain and N. Ireland. Summary
2) George Reid MSP, Vice-President of the Scottish Parliament who presents
3) HM Queen Elizabeth II
Citizens’ initiative and referendum in Britain and Northern Ireland 2007: Prospects for reform.
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Journal of the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs 2006 Vol.5, No1, 47-86. The Citizens' Initiative and Referendum: Direct Democracy in 5 Countries of Europe by Michael Wallace-Macpherson, Paul Ruppen, Roland Erne, Radoslaw Gawlik, Ralph Kampwirth, Bruno Kaufmann and Arjen Nijeboer.
Recent opinions on democracy Reformers, academic specialists, and politicians together make a powerful case for direct democracy NOW
The Citizens' Initiative and Referendum: Direct Democracy in 5 Countries of Europe* A dossier compiled by Michael Wallace-Macpherson
* Note: This paper has been accepted for publication. A pre-print version may be viewed here.
Democracy Within Reach: a brochure with proposals and resources. Ready to print BUT NO LONGER FREE available here
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Prospects for more democracy in Great Britain. By Michael Wallace-Macpherson
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Further information about citizens' initiative and referendum, democracy and government may be obtained from:
The Initiative and Referendum Institute
Miroslav Kolar's direct democracy web pages
Brian Beedham's article published in The Economist
The Referenda Society
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Swiss democracy, resources suggested by Vladimir Rott
The University of Zurich's Research and Documentation Centre on Direct Democracy SEE FOR INSTANCE UP TO DATE NEWS ABOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ACROSS THE WORLD
Direct democracy conference London, London School of Economics October 2004 The conference report provides a READER about direct democracy as practised now in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, and the chances for more democracy in Britain.
Kris W. Kobach (Yale University), The Referendum: Direct Democracy in Switzerland. Dartmouth Publishing Co. (England & Vermont) 1993 ISBN 1-85521-397-4
Enquiries may be sent to Citizens' Initiative I&R ~ GB
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