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 Citizens’ initiative and referendum in Britain and Northern Ireland: Prospects for reform
PROBABLY THE ONLY UP-TO-DATE ACCOUNT WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED. WELL TRIED WAYS TO CORRECT OUR DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT        View the paper (html format) in your internet BROWSER        Load down a print-ready document as PDF

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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
 
ARTICLE IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL   DOWNLOAD A PROOF COPY
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.

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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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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
29 Cleves Walk
IG6 2NQ Ilford
Essex   ENGLAND

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

Recommended reading:

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
 
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