Conferences organized by C2D

C2D organizes conferences in Switzerland and abroad on various topics related to direct democracy. Every two to three years we organize a major regional conference. For conference organization we usually team up with local and international partners.

Praxis der Bürgerbeteiligung und der direkten Demokratie in Deutschland und der Schweiz

2015-06-11  -  2015-06-12

Neues Schloss, Stuttgart

Organisiert von der Landesregierung Baden-Württemberg und dem Regierungsrat des Kantons Aargau in Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität Stuttgart und dem Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA)

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2. Demokratiekonferenz Aargau - Rheinland-Pfalz

2015-05-12  -  2015-05-12

Speyer

Kanton Aargau, Staatskanzlei Rheinland Pfalz, Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung Speyer, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA)

Link: Webseite des Kantons Aargau

New experiments of direct democracy - Consequences for governability and development

2014-12-12  -  2014-12-13

Kultur- und Kongresshaus Aarau (KuK) and Villa Blumenhalde

RedGob 2014 Conference Committee: Yanina Welp (ZDA and University of St. Gallen), Leonardo Morlino (Luiss), Manuel Alcantara Saéz (University of Salamanca), Detlef Nolte (GIGA Hamburg), Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College, Oxford).

The conference is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, AVINA Stiftung and International IDEA.

The Red Euro-Latinoamericana de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo is a network of renowned European and Latin American research institutions which aims at generating a space for the exchange of knowledge on the subjects of governability, public policy, institutional reform and development. Furthermore, it aims at building a bridge for academics, experts and policy-making officials from Europe and Latin America. The network seeks to promote research, debate and the accumulation of knowledge about the already mentioned topics as well as further reflection from a European perspective. In order to accomplish these tasks, RedGob organizes annual conferences and seeks to publish the material from these conferences.

The conference language is English. Attendants have to register until 10 December with name, affiliation and day(s) of attendance via email to: pedro.capravieira@uzh.ch

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Swiss E-Voting Workshop 2014

2014-09-05  -  2014-09-05

Grossratsgebäude Kanton Aargau

Das Organisationskomitee besteht aus Mitgliedern des swiss e-voting competence center
(Eric Dubuis und Rolf Hänni), der Bundeskanzlei (Geo Taglioni) sowie dem Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA) (Uwe Serdült). Das ZDA übernimmt für den Workshop 2014 die Federführung.

Der Fokus für den vierten Swiss E-Voting Workshop liegt bei sozialwissenschaftlichen und juristischen Themen.

Direct Democracy in the EU: A People's Europe?

2014-07-04  -  2014-07-04

School of Law, Queen Mary University of London

The one-day workshop will analyse the increasing role that direct democracy is having on the shape of European integration. The conference will focus on three thematic issues:

1) Referendums on European Integration

2) Referendums on territorial reconfigurations in the EU

3) The European Citizen’s initiative

Demokratiekonferenz mit dem Bundesland Rheinland-Pfalz

2014-06-05  -  2014-06-05

Aarau, Grossratsgebäude

Kanton Aargau, Bundesland Rheinland-Pfalz, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA), Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaft Speyer

Die Konferenz konzentriert sich auf die folgenden zwei thematischen Schwerpunkte:

1) Konsequenzen von finanzwirksamen direkt-demokratischen Entscheiden

2) Zusammenhang zwischen Transparenzregeln/Öffentlichkeitsprinzip und direkter Demokratie

Programm download: pdf

Rätoromanische Sprache und direkte Demokratie. Herausforderungen und Perspektiven der Rumantschia

2014-04-11  -  2014-04-11

GKB Auditorium, Chur

Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau, Prof. Dr. iur. Andreas Glaser und Dr. iur./lic. phil. Corsin Bisaz

Staatliche Sprachpolitik ist mit Blick auf die Rumantschia in besonderem Mass mit
Problemen behaftet. Zurückzuführen ist dies auf ihre Isoliertheit in der Schweiz, ihre kleine
Anzahl Mitglieder - Tendenz sinkend -, von denen erst noch ein hoher Anteil ausserhalb des
rätoromanischen Territoriums lebt, die fünf Idiome und die umstrittene gemeinsame
Schriftsprache Rumantsch Grischun. Die offenen materiellen Fragen und Konflikte
überfordern die Rumantschia institutionell. Auch die in letzter Zeit häufiger gewordenen
Gerichtsverfahren sind insoweit kaum dienlich.

Aus einer rechtlichen Perspektive hat das Territorialitätsprinzip einiges von seinem Wert für
das Romanische verloren. Gemeindefusionen und die hohe Anzahl Rätoromanen ausserhalb
des ursprünglichen Siedlungsgebiets sind wesentliche Ursachen dieser Entwicklung. Die
jederzeit mögliche Änderung der rechtlichen Grundlagen, auch betreffend die rätoromanische
Sprache und gegebenenfalls auch ohne eine Mehrheit der Rumantschia, wirft weitere Fragen
auf. Das ZDA möchte mit dieser Tagung den Hauptbeteiligten und Wissenschaftlern die
Möglichkeit zu einem Austausch über diese Grundsatzfragen bieten.

Das Programm kann hier heruntergeladen werden: Programm (pdf)

Culture, Economy, Participation and Governance in Latin American Cities

2014-02-21  -  2014-02-22

The conference will take place in the conference center of the City of Aarau KuK, Schlossplatz 9 (within walking distance from the train station).

Centro Latinamericano-Suizo, University of St. Gallen, Sociedad Suiza de Americanistas SSA-SAG, Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d)

The decentralization processes currently underway in Latin America have put cities in a more central place to provide social welfare and to improve democratic practice. Many of Latin America's mega cities are spaces of social innovation from where institutions of checks and balances as well as participatory mechanism start to emerge and to spread. The conference would like to take stock of achievements, pitfalls, further potential and to provide an outlook.

Among the keynote speakers: Prof. Daniel Kübler, Prof. Flavia Freidenberg, Prof. Benjamin Goldfrank, Dr. Anita Breuer, Prof. Andres Hernandez Quiñonez.

Download the conference program here (pdf).

Interview with Prof. B. Goldfrank on participatory budgeting by Visegrad Insight  in Polish.

Bürgerbeteiligung und direkte Demokratie in Liechtenstein, Österreich und der Schweiz

2013-10-10  -  2013-10-11

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Regierung des Fürstentums Liechtenstein, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Kanton Aargau, Liechtenstein Institut, Universität Graz, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA)

Panel 1: Direkte Demokratie und 'Volkssouveränität' im Spannungsfeld zu übergeordnetem Recht mit Referaten von Dr. iur. Peter Bussjäger (Liechtenstein-Institut), Prof. Dr. Theo Öhlinger (Universität Wien) und Prof. Dr. iur. Andreas Glaser, Universität Zürich und ZDA.

Panel 2: Direkte Demokratie und 'e-Democracy' mit Referaten von PD Dr. rer. pol. Sebastian Wolf (Liechtenstein-Institut), Prof. Dr. Alexander Prosser (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) und Prof. Dr. phil. Andreas Ladner (Institut de Haute Études en Administration Publique, Lausanne).

Link: Konferenzankündigung

Programm: als pdf

Bürgerbeteiligung und direkte Demokratie in Deutschland und der Schweiz

2013-06-20  -  2013-06-21

Stuttgart

Landesregierung Baden-Württemberg, Regierungsrat des Kantons Aargau, Universität Konstanz, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau

Es handelt sich bei dieser Demokratiekonferenz um die Folgekonferenz der letztjährigen Veranstaltung in Aarau. Während zwei Tagen finden Panels und Workshops zu Fragen der Demokratieentwicklung und der direkten Demokratie in Deutschland und der Schweiz statt.

Am Freitag abend dem 21. Juni 2013 (19:30-21:30) findet im Theaterhaus (Saal T3) eine öffentliche Bürgerveranstaltung statt mit dem Titel 'Macht direkte Demokratie alles besser/glücklicher?'.

Programm als pdf (download)

Kurzvideo auf Youtube.

Alle Vorträge als Video auf dem Beteiligungsportal Baden Württemberg.

Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy - World Conference on Citizen Participation

2012-11-14  -  2012-11-16

Universidad Católica Del Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay

Asociación Uruguaya de Ciencia Política, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance IDEA

C2D is a co-organizer and actively participates in three panels for this conference on direct democracy, taking place in Montevideo, Uruguay. The panels will be jointly organized with International IDEA and AUCIP.. The three panels have the following titles: 1) Current issues of direct democracy, 2) Direct democracy in Latin America, 3) New participatory mechanisms in Latin America on the local level.

http://2012globalforum.com/

Gegenseitige Blicke über die Grenze: Bürgerbeteiligung und direkte Demokratie in Deutschland und der Schweiz

2012-06-21  -  2012-06-22

Aarau, Parlamentssaal

Landesregierung Baden-Württemberg, Regierungsrat des Kantons Aargau, Universität Konstanz

Der Volksentscheid vom 27. November 2011 über den Umbau des Bahnhofs in Stuttgart (Stuttgart 21) hat der Diskussion über Bürgerbeteiligung und direkte Demokratie in Deutschland einen dynamischen Aufschwung gebracht, der noch nicht abgeklungen ist und das Interesse an der Ausgestaltung der direkten Demokratie in der Schweiz neu belebt. Für die Schweiz sind die in dieser Debatte aufgeworfenen Fragen von grosser Bedeutung, da sie die hier umstrittenen Anforderungen an die direkte Demokratie in neuem Licht erscheinen lassen. Zeit also um einen neugierigen und kritischen Blick der Wissenschaft und der Politik über die Grenze zu wagen, damit Missverständnisse abgebaut und konstruktive Lösungen aufgezeigt werden können.

Ausgehend von der geschilderten Ausgangslage haben Ministerpräsident Kretschmann und der Regierungsrat des Kantons Aargau im Rahmen eines Empfangs des Ministerpräsidenten in Aarau am 31. August 2011 vereinbart, ein gemeinsames Symposium zur “Bürgerbeteiligung und direkten Demokratie” durchzuführen, das in Aarau vor Ort durch das Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA) wissenschaftlich begleitet wird.

Link:www.ag.ch/demokratiekonferenz

Sachunmittelbare Demokratie im interdisziplinären und internationalen Kontext - Mittel- und Osteuropa

2010-11-19  -  2010-11-21

Dresden, Germany

DISUD an der TU Dresden, Dresdner Osteuropa Institut, Botschaft der Schweiz, SDWC

Friday, 19 November 2010, 7 pm: Belarussian Reception

Saturday, 20 November 2010, 8:50 am - 2:30 pm, Academic Conference

Saturday, 20 November 2010, 6 pm: Swiss Embassy Panel - Partner im Dialog

Sunday, 21 November 2010, 8:50 am - 12:30 pm, Academic Conference

Link: Partner im Dialog

programm_wissenschaftstagung2010.pdf   

Wege zur direkten Demokratie in den schweizerischen Kantonen - Paths to Direct Democracy in the Swiss Cantons

2010-09-09  -  2010-09-10

Kultur- und Kongresshaus Aarau KuK

Conference is held entirely in German

The Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) is organising a conference entitled “Paths to Direct Democracy in the Swiss Cantons” from 9th-10th September 2010. The conference will take place in the Aarau Culture and Congress House, and will take up the results that came from the first scientific conference on this subject, which was organised by the present director of the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d), Professor Andreas Auer, in Geneva in 1995.

The historian Dr. René Roca, who is responsible for the planning of this conference, has managed to bring together over 20 scholars, mainly historians, interested in discussing direct democracy.

Swiss direct democracy – following on from republican and local government structures and supported by the ideas of the Enlightenment and the Helvetic Republic – developed in very different ways in the various cantons in the 19th century. The aim of this conference is to present the latest developments in historiographical research on this subject. This will be the first step towards obtaining an overall view in order to encourage further research on the topic.

Participants will include Professor Andreas Auer, Dr. Rolf Graber, Professor Randolph C. Head, Professor Andreas Kley, Professor Martin Schaffner, Professor Andreas Suter and Professor Simone Zurbuchen.

Konferenzprogramm (pdf)

Direkte Demokratie im Spannungsfeld von Demokratie und Rechtsstaat - Hat das Volk immer Recht?

2009-10-01  -  2009-11-30

Festsaal der Technischen Universität Dresden in der Alten Mensa, Eingang Dülferstrasse

Schweizerische Botschaft in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Deutsches Institut für Sachunmittelbare Demokratie an der Technischen Universität Dresden, Schweizerisch-Deutscher Wirtschaftsclub in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen

Direktdemokratische Entscheide in der Schweiz und in Deutschland sind in letzter Zeit intensiv diskutiert worden. So löste das Schweizer Minarettverbot heftige Kritik aus. Die Bürgerentscheide in Bayern (Rauchverbot) und in Hamburg (Schulreform) führten zu einer Grundsatzdebatte, ob das Instrument auch in Deutschland auf Bundesebene eingeführt werden soll. Eine Demokratie setzt Rechtsstaatlichkeit voraus, weil ohne sie bei  demokratischen Entscheiden sonst die Tyrannei der Mehrheit droht. Direktdemokratische
Entscheide stehen also im Spannungsfeld zwischen Demokratie und Rechtsstaat.


Insbesondere folgende Fragen sollen diskutiert werden: Welche rechtlichen und thematischen Grenzen sollen bei direktdemokratischen Entscheiden gelten? Wer soll entscheiden, welche Entscheide dem Volk aufgrund rechtsstaatlicher Bedenken nicht zur Abstimmung vorgelegt werden? Wie kann das Risiko verringert werden, dass direktdemokratische Entscheide zu Plebisziten für sachfremde Themen werden? Sind direktdemokratische Entscheide ein Mittel gegen Politikverdrossenheit?

Sachunmittelbare Demokratie im interdisziplinären und internationalen Kontext

2009-11-20  -  2009-11-22

Dresden, Germany

Deutsches Institut für Sachunmittelbare Demokratie DISUD an der Technischen Universität Dresden

Friday 20 November - Reception and keynote by Prince Stefan von und zu Liechtenstein

Saturday 21 November - Panels on Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland

Sunday 22 November - Panel on Europe and the European Union

You can find the full program on the DISUD website.

www.disud.org

Konferenzbericht.pdf   

E-Politics: E-Inclusion, Direct Democracy and E-Participation

2009-03-12  -  2009-03-13

Castle Münchenwiler, Switzerland

sponsored by the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, ICT Commission

Despite the fact that Switzerland is an economically advanced country with a high broadband and mobile phone penetration rate, research on the effects of ICTs in a direct democratic political system is lacking.

Over the last decade European democracies have conducted numerous trials with a wide range of ICT enabled forms of political experimentation.

These initiatives have been conducted across various levels of political authority, from the local and regional right through to the supranational. Intriguingly, to the extent that ICT’s have been used in such a way they have replicated traditional mechanisms of direct democracy.

Indeed, in some instances, the very mechanisms of direct democracy have themselves been the subject of ICT innovation as is the case with e-enabled referendums that were pioneered in Switzerland.

This process has to bring us to some general but important questions:

What are the implications of such novel forms of e-democratic experimentation for the political process?

Specifically, what is the transformative potential, if any, of these more informal and ICT-enabled forms of direct democracy? Can such forms of ICT-enabled experimentation lead to democratic renewal or innovation and how widespread is their use?

Furthermore, to what extent do they interact with older forms of direct democracy and with what effects?

In Switzerland, systematic research on effects and the content of electronic communication is largely missing. It is definitely a timely exercise to bring academic as well as practical expertise together in an SATW ICT-COM sponsored workshop in order to kick off a networking process among interested organizations and individuals.

Keynotes by

Michael Remmert, Council of Europe, and

Lawrence Pratchett, De Montfort University, Leicester

http://www.ict-21.ch/com-ict/spip.php?rubrique36

II Conferencia Internacional sobre democracia directa ¿Hacia dónde va la democracia en América Latina?

2008-10-20  -  2008-10-21

Montevideo, Uruguay

La II Conferencia Internacional sobre democracia directa, titulada ¿Hacia dónde va la democracia en América Latina?, se propone reunir a diversos especialistas para debatir y analizar la difusión y las prácticas de los mecanismos de democracia directa y participativa en la región. Las distintas mesas cubrirán un amplio espectro de temas que van desde la revisión de la clásica comparación entre Suiza y Uruguay en el uso de la democracia directa hasta el análisis de las reformas constitucionales que han cambiado las reglas del juego en buena parte de los países latinoamericanos (como las leyes electorales, el período presidencial o la introducción de mecanismos de participación ciudadana). Las ponencias y el debate abordarán también las convocatorias a referéndum que han ocupado un lugar destacado en la agenda internacional (Bolivia, Ecuador y Venezuela), los presupuestos participativos (Porto Alegre, Montevideo y Rosario, entre otros), los efectos de la descentralización sobre las políticas públicas y los distintos e innovadores mecanismos de participación ciudadana implementados en los gobiernos locales. Este amplio espectro de temas pretende brindar una aproximación compleja al análisis de las democracias latinoamericanas, su evolución y tendencias.

Más información

Direct Democracy in and around Europe: Integration, Innovation, Illusion, and Ideology

2008-10-02  -  2008-10-04

Aarau

In cooperation with the Initiative and Referendum Institute (IRI-Europe)

The objective of this International Conference is to bring together scholars and practitioners specialised in the field of democracy and democratic innovation in order to discuss and to critically evaluate, with the interested public, the state of direct democracy across the European polity.
It will begin with a public event (in German), organized jointly with the Initiative and Referendum Institute (IRI-Europe) on Thursday evening 2 October 2008 and continue with a four panel scientific conference on Friday 3 October 2008 (in English) and Saturday morning 4 October 2008 (in German).

Publication forthcoming

A Constitutional Convention for Cyprus

2008-04-04  -  2008-04-05

Aarau

Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA), Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d)

A Constitutional Convention for Cyprus, democratically elected so as to reflect appropriately the will of the voters and the aspirations of civil society of the different communities of the island should have the sole responsibility for drafting and adopting a new Constitution for Cyprus.

The conference is structured around four panels that will evaluate and critically discuss the concept of a Constitutional Convention for Cyprus as outlined in the c2d working paper “On the way to a Constitutional Convention for Cyprus” (January 2008). In other words, the focus is not on the problem of Cyprus per se, but rather on investigating the idea of a Constitutional Convention for Cyprus and discussing the means and ways to put it on track. To this end, our aim in bringing together such a diverse group of participants with distinct disciplinary backgrounds is for each of the panelists to specifically bring their expertise to bear on the topic of a constitutional convention. For each of the panels the conference organizers have selected a number of keywords to help guide panelists in their interventions and paper contributions. While the topic of each panel is binding, the keywords are intended to be only indicative of some of the issues to be addressed in the panel.


See: Andreas Auer and Vasiliki Triga (Eds.) (2009) A Constitutional Convention for Cyprus. Berlin, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin wvb. ISBN 978-3-86573-423-5.

See: Special Issue on Cyprus and the Constitutional Convention, in: Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 11 (4), 2009, with contributions by Andreas Auer, Fernando Mendez and Vasiliki Triga from c2d and further conference participants.

Direct Democracy in Latin America

2007-03-14  -  2007-03-15

Buenos Aires, Argentina

National University of San Martin and International IDEA

This conference will give an overview of direct democracy in Latin American countries. It aims at analyzing the emergence of mechanisms of direct democracy in Latin American states. The institutions on the national level are studied both from a historical and from a contemporary perspective.

Yanina Welp and Uwe Serdült (eds.) (2009) Armas de doble filo: La participación ciudadana en la encrudijada. Buenos Aires: Prometeo Libros.

Lissidini, Alicia; Welp, Yanina; Zovatto, Daniel (coord.) (2008)  Democracia directa en Latinoamérica. Buenos Aires, Prometeo Libros.

Financing Referendum Campaigns

2006-10-27  -  2006-10-29

Zurich

in association with the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich

Many critics of direct democratic institutions lament the excessive role money plays in referendum campaigns. Others argue that rules regulating the financing of referendum campaigns which lead to increased transparency might actually help voters to make more informed decisions. These insights are, however, almost exclusively based on theoretical models or empirical results stemming from the United States. In other contexts where referendums are used we know very little on the exact rules regulating the financing of referendum campaign and the effect money has on these campaigns.

See: Hug, Simon and Karin Gilland (Eds.) (2009) Financing Referendum Campaigns, Palgrave.

The Fundamental Principles of the European Constitution

2005-03-03  -  2005-03-05

Geneva

in association with the Centre d'études juridiques européennes (CEJE) University of Geneva

The objective of this conference was to examine the European Constitution and its appearance at the beginning of the 3rd millennium from the perspective of constitutional theory and political practice. To this end, its ambition was to bring together, in a rare combination, scholars, practitioners, and students of each of the 25 Member States of the Union to debate its significance.
Each of the conference sessions touched upon the European Constitution from a specific perspective. The conference began with its history, admittedly recent, but already rich in terms of procedures and concepts. The topic turned next to the well known problems of making the transition from a Treaty to a Constitution. This was followed by a discussion of the classic but delicate issue of sovereignty. Subsequently, the participants discussed the balance to be negotiated between the large, medium and small sized Member States. After this, the conference focused on the meaning and limits to the principle of equality in a constitutionalised Europe of 25 very diverse states. Finally, the conference concluded with a consideration by some of the C2Ds own scholars of the question of democracy as both a central objective to be pursued and an irreplaceable source of legitimacy.

 

Naturalizations By Popular Vote, Direct Democracy Vis-à-vis Its Limits

2003-11-07  -  2003-11-07

Geneva, Switzerland

This conference analysed the role of the judiciary and the legislature in the question of allowing a popular vote to decide individual cases of petitions for naturalization. In July 2003, the Swiss Federal Court gave a decision, in which it declared unconstitutional the use of popular voting to answer individual requests for naturalization. For some, this court order signified the death of the direct democracy; for others, it represented, on the contrary, a sense of consistency.

Summary_Conf_2003.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Delley.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Auer.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Grisel.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Helbling.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Zellweger.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Trechsel.pdf   

Conf_2003_Geneva_Micotti.pdf   

e-Voting

2002-10-09  -  2002-10-10

Geneva

in association with the Swiss Federal Chancellery, the Chancellery of the Canton of Geneva and the University of Bern.

The idea of injecting something new into the electoral process has generated a lively debate among enthusiasts and sceptics of e-voting. Many issues have been raised such as the compatibility of e-voting with existing legal and constitutional principles, its possible effects on turnout, and how to best design e-voting systems in order to ensure both security and convenience of use.

See: Muralt Müller, Hanna; Andreas Auer and Thomas Koller (eds.) (2003) E-Voting - Journées 2002 d'informatique juridique / Tagung 2002 für Informatik und Recht. Bern, Stämpfli Verla

e-Voting and the European Parliamentary Elections

2002-05-11  -  2002-05-12

Florence, Italy

Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies at the European University Institute

Summary_Conf_2002.pdf   

The Popular Initiative in the Swiss Federal Law: Terms and Limits

2000-05-26  -  2000-05-26

Geneva

This conference focused on the institution of the Swiss federal popular initiative. In particular, it dealt with the deadlines the initiators and the public authorities have to respect.

See: Auer, Andreas (ed.) (2001) Sans délais et sans limites? Ohne Fristen und Grenzen? L'initiative populaire à la croisée des chemins. Die Volksinitiative am Scheideweg. Basel, Schulthess.

ConferenceProgramme_2000_Initiatives.pdf   

Direct Democracy: The Eastern and Central European Experience

2000-02-25  -  2000-02-26

Budapest

in association with the Central European University and the Academy of Science of Hungary

The conference consisted of three major parts: one on the theoretical aspects of direct democracy, one on the existing institutions and experiences of different Eastern and Central European countries, and one on regional and local direct democracy. Eastern European direct democracy specialists presented the different subjects, and Western European scholars commented on them. Thus, the aim of the conference was not only to facilitate a better understanding of direct democracy in Eastern and Central European countries but also to allow researchers and scholars from Eastern, Central, and Western Europe to meet and exchange their results and views on the subject.

Conf_2000_Budapest_Summary.pdf   

Algeria: Peace by Referendum?

1999-10-28  -  1999-10-28

Geneva

in association with the Study and Research Centre for the Arab and Mediterranean World (CERMAM, Centre d'études et de recherche sur le monde arabe et méditerranéen)

Direct Democracy and Swiss Foreign Policy

1999-02-19  -  1999-02-20

Geneva

This conference focused on two questions: Do foreign relations support a decision-making process such as that required by institutions of direct democracy? Do the constraints imposed by direct democracy in the treatment of the businesses have an impact on the control of the foreign policy?

See: Delley, Jean-Daniel (ed.) (1999) Démocratie directe et politique étrangère en Suisse. Direkte Demokratie und schweizerische Aussenpolitik. Genève, Helbing & Lichtenhahn.

Conf_1999_Geneva_Programme.pdf   

The European Referendum

1997-02-21  -  1997-02-22

Strasbourg, France

Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg, France

Université de Genève, Switzerland

 

This conference investigated the nature and characteristics of the institution of the referendum in the double context of the revision of national constitutions and of European integration. The question of the legitimacy which the referendum offers to the institutional structures of the EU was also treated.

Summary (in French): Conf_Strasbourg_Summary.pdf

The Origins of Direct Democracy in Switzerland

1995-04-27  -  1995-04-29

Geneva

The first conference which was organized by the c2d proposed to examine the historical roots and doctrinal sources of direct democracy in Switzerland. This conference focused specifically on the origins of referendums and of popular initiatives.

See: Auer, Andreas et al. (1996) Les origines de la démocratie directe en Suisse - Die Ursprünge der schweizerischen direkten Demokratie. Basel/Frankfurt am Main, Helbing & Lichtenhahn.