Konfederacja Szwajcarii

  • Zastosowanie inicjatywy ludowej w Konfederacji Szwajcarskiej

    Author: Hanna Bednarz
    Institution: Uniwersytet Jagielloński
    Year of publication: 2013
    Source: Show
    Pages: 143-171
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppk.2013.01.07
    PDF: ppk/13/ppk1307.pdf

    The institutions of direct democracy are being applied in the Swiss Confederation on a scale that is incomparable with any other country. The popular initiative itself is being used by various interest groups, as well as by political parties, at least a few times each year. This article aims at presenting in a complex manner both legal and practical aspects of the popular initiative’s application in the Swiss Confederation. The first part of the article deals with the origin and the development of the direct democracy institutions throughout the years. In the next part the legal regulations concerning the popular initiative and the proceedings relating to it (from its submission to results’ publication and possibilities of their verification) are being presented. The following fragment of the article describes the interest groups and political parties submitting the initiatives and also initiatives’ objects. The article is concluded by the presentation of the various purposes, which popular initiative can serve, apart from its aim to amend the Federal Constitution.

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