Direct democracy calls for elected representatives and assemblies to be supplemented or replaced with new institutions and processes where citizens can engage face-to-face to decide on policy outcomes.

Glossary
July 6, 2015

The Greek people have voted, saying a resounding 'No' to the terms of the bailout deal offered by their international creditors. Experts from various universities give their thoughts on what it all means.

Opinion
August 16, 2015

Are plebiscites more democratic than elected representatives making decisions for us? Democracy Renewal's James CahillLyn Carson of the New Democracy Foundation and QUT's Peter Black discuss on RN Sunday Extra.

Opinion
August 20, 1997

Former US Congressman Lee Hamilton ponders the pros and cons of using direct democracy to reinvigorate the American political system. 

Opinion
March 1, 2001

Archon Fung from Harvard University and Erik Olin Wright from the University of Wisconsin highlight examples of participatory democracy in action.

Academic

A database by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance on how direct democracy initiatives are being used around the world. 

Statistics
June 1, 2003

The European Science Foundation outlines the benefits of putting digital technologies at the centre of democracy.

Report
December 17, 2009

The Economist argues that referendums in California allowing citizens a direct say on constitutional and policy change are creating major governance problems.

Opinion
June 1, 2013

John Gastil and Robert Richards from Pennsylvania State University propose citizens' assemblies to empower the public.

Academic

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