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Direct democratic choice : the Swiss experience

Author: Hanspeter Kriesi
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington, Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Direct Democratic Choice sets out to understand how citizens actually decide in direct-democratic votes. Hanspeter Kriesi has analyzed nearly twenty years of post-election surveys in Switzerland (1981-1999), which he has contextualized according to the various political issues and the relevant arguments provided by the political elites. This book's core argument is that citizens who participate in direct-democratic
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kriesi, Hanspeter.
Direct democratic choice.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington, Books, ©2005
(DLC) 2005000150
(OCoLC)57422565
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hanspeter Kriesi
ISBN: 9780739154243 0739154249
OCLC Number: 607748435
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 263 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Toward a realistic theory of direct democracy --
The structuration of the choice --
The campaign : the role of the political elite --
Political awareness --
Participation --
Heuristic strategies --
Argument-based strategies --
The relative importance of the two strategies.
Responsibility: Hanspeter Kriesi.
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"Direct Democratic Choice sets out to understand how citizens actually decide in direct-democratic votes. Hanspeter Kriesi has analyzed nearly twenty years of post-election surveys in Switzerland (1981-1999), which he has contextualized according to the various political issues and the relevant arguments provided by the political elites. This book's core argument is that citizens who participate in direct-democratic votes make competent choices. Kriesi's extensive empirical research shows that the majority of these voters arrive at their decisions on the basis of arguments about the advantages and disadvantages of the available options

The less competent and less interested citizens either do not vote or, if they do, employ heuristic shortcuts allowing them to make approximately reasonable decisions. Kriesi provides strong support for an optimistic view of direct-democratic decision making but also indicates that this process, wherever it occurs, can be improved by proper institutional design and by appropriate strategies enacted by the political elite."--Jacket

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A fascinating book based on an original data set by a leading scholar on Swiss democracy. Well worth reading. -- Bruno S. Frey, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich Read more...

 
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