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Direct Democracy In Switzerland

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Only one country in the world—Switzerland—is a direct democracy, in which, to an extent, the people pass their own laws, judge the constitutionality of statutes, and even have written, in effect, their own constitution. In this propitious volume, Gregory Fossedal reports on the politics and social fabric of what James Bryce has called "the nation that has taken the democratic idea to its furthest extent." The lessons Fossedal presents, at a time of dissatisfaction with the role of money and privileged elites in ...

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Overview

Only one country in the world—Switzerland—is a direct democracy, in which, to an extent, the people pass their own laws, judge the constitutionality of statutes, and even have written, in effect, their own constitution. In this propitious volume, Gregory Fossedal reports on the politics and social fabric of what James Bryce has called "the nation that has taken the democratic idea to its furthest extent." The lessons Fossedal presents, at a time of dissatisfaction with the role of money and privileged elites in many Western democracies, are at once timely and urgent.

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“Fossedal surveys Swiss governmental institutions and political issues in order to make the case that the Swiss have developed a unique and perhaps superior model of democratic governance… [T]he argument that Swiss democracy is worth a close look [is] persuasive… [Good for] undergraduates and general readers with little prior knowledge of Swiss politics.” —P. V. Warwick, Choice “The book offers many valuable insights into Swiss political life and is written in a light, refreshing journalistic style. . . . It thus makes interesting reading.” —Paolo Dardanelli, Regional and Federal Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412805056
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,093,038
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Fossedal is chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a research foundation based near Washington, DC. He is also president and chief investment officer of the Democratic Century Fund and its management company, the Emerging Markets Group. He is author of The Democratic Imperative. Alfred R. Berkeley III is president of the Nasdaq stock market.

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