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Direct Democracy in Switzerland[edit]

There is a video about Direct Democracy in Switzerland: You should maybe ad this video to Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:48, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Direct democracy in the United States[edit]

The United States subsection is under the "Examples" subsection, but only mentions one example in the very last line, New England town meetings. The rest of the several (i.e., too many) paragraphs are bogged down by debates over federalism and Hamiltonian versus Jeffersonian democracy, which are irrelevant to this article (and certainly to this section) and weight the article a bit much towards the US-centric. Any ideas about how we can tighten this section and make it less meandering and strange? --TimothyDexter (talk) 17:52, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 December 2014[edit]

contemporary movements ++ :

Electronic Democracy Party Electronic Democracy Party in Turkey


newly founded party currently in general assembly, created 26.11.2014 QHIEICHI (talk) 16:37, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Anupmehra -Let's talk! 15:18, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Very misleading paragraph[edit]

Quoting from the article: "Most countries that are representative democracies allow for three forms of political action that provide limited direct democracy: referendum (plebiscite), initiative, and recall."

How do these countries "allow" for such action? How many countries have actually conducted intiatives? How many countries who are representative democracies have actually recalled their leaders in a referendum? The answer is "very little" and "none". Elections could be thought of as "recalling" a representative but they serve a dual function for "electing" a new one. This is not a pure "recall" action as say, in California.

How many representative democracies conducted mass polling at the initiative of the public and not representatives? This means a poll that is objected to by the representatives? That is the real meaning of initiative in a direct democracy as the procedure is designed to go over the heads of the representatives.

All in all this paragraph is blatantly wrong. It makes it sound as if all representative democracies have these means and they most certainly do not. A better phrasing should be:

On very rare occasions representative democracies will use procedures which are considered direct democratic in nature such as referendums and initiatives. These are usually initiated by the representative government and do not allow, as in a direct democracy, to poll the public on matters where the interest of the government conflicts with that of the population. The idea of regular interval elections could also be seen as implementing the direct democratic tool of "recall" but is more limited in nature as it is only conducted in specified intervals, does not allow the public to recall representatives at any time and in mid office term and is designed to elect new representatives and not only recall existing ones. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Veltzer (talkcontribs) 21:07, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

I greatly agree, please feel supported to change the paragraph accordingly! -- ZH8000 (talk) 20:29, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Deutschland (Germany)[edit]

there is a quite detailed article de:Direkte Demokratie in Deutschland since March 2014.

I would appreciate it if an english native speaker would translate some of it / bring some of it into the article 'Direct democracy' . In case he/she wants support please contact me via email or @

--Neun-x (talk) 04:40, 16 October 2015 (UTC)


(main article: de:Direkte Demokratie in Deutschland) In the 1860ies, the workers' movement in Germany formed. Ideas that had been developped before by Moritz Rittinghausen (1814-1890) and others and had been discussed during the German revolutions of 1848–49.

At the end of the First World War, Germany's imperial government was replaced ("Novemberrevolution") with a republic, which later became known as the Weimar Republic).

... to be contiued

Boy, is this poorly written.[edit]

Poorly written. (talk) 12:07, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

You are welcome to seriously improve it! -- ZH8000 (talk) 15:55, 13 April 2016 (UTC)