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dc.contributor.authorFeld, Lars P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKirchgässner, Gebharden_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-01-26en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-12T14:31:31Z-
dc.date.available2010-02-12T14:31:31Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/29878-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, the introduction of direct-democratic decision-making in all EU decisions is considered when it is feasible without prohibitively increasing decision-making costs. We start with the contractarian argument that each constitution is a contract joining the citizens of a state and requires as such the explicit agreement of (a majority of) citizens. Thus, the future European Constitution as well as future changes of it should be decided by the European citizens. After a discussion of the pros and cons of direct democracy, the ability of direct democracy to help creating a European demos is discussed. Consequently, we propose a mandatory (required and binding) referendum on total and partial revisions of the European Constitution. In addition, we propose a constitutional initiative, a statutory and a general initiative as well as a fiscal referendum for financially important projects.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniv., Fachbereich Wirtschaftswiss. Marburgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMarburger volkswirtschaftliche Beiträge 2004,23en_US
dc.subject.jelD78en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordDirect Democracyen_US
dc.subject.keywordReferendaen_US
dc.subject.keywordInitiativesen_US
dc.subject.stwReferendumen_US
dc.subject.stwDemokratieen_US
dc.subject.stwVerfassungsreformen_US
dc.subject.stwEU-Politiken_US
dc.subject.stwEU-Staatenen_US
dc.titleThe role of direct democracy in the European Unionen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn506415406en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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