How Can We Keep Direct Democracy and Avoid “Kolotoumba”

How Can We Keep Direct Democracy and Avoid “Kolotoumba” The issue of divisive referendums, which Professor Frey identifies as one of the problems of “Democracy of the Future”, is a special case of emerging tribalism (division into non-communicating competitive groups in political and social life). This article proposes an alternative institutional solution to address tribalism in both direct and representative democracy. It introduces competition for agenda setting in referendums such that more inclusive solutions emerge; it also proposes the adoption of an electoral system that multiplies the options of the public both in direct and representative democracy in order to further empower the general public. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Homo Oeconomicus Springer Journals

How Can We Keep Direct Democracy and Avoid “Kolotoumba”

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Economics; Behavioral/Experimental Economics; Social Choice/Welfare Economics/Public Choice; International Political Economy; Game Theory; Institutional/Evolutionary Economics; Law and Economics
ISSN
0943-0180
eISSN
2366-6161
D.O.I.
10.1007/s41412-018-0069-4
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Abstract

The issue of divisive referendums, which Professor Frey identifies as one of the problems of “Democracy of the Future”, is a special case of emerging tribalism (division into non-communicating competitive groups in political and social life). This article proposes an alternative institutional solution to address tribalism in both direct and representative democracy. It introduces competition for agenda setting in referendums such that more inclusive solutions emerge; it also proposes the adoption of an electoral system that multiplies the options of the public both in direct and representative democracy in order to further empower the general public.

Journal

Homo OeconomicusSpringer Journals

Published: May 7, 2018

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