Swiss-Style decentralized direct democracy

By Tim Reutemann

Switzerland provides a great example of how to decentralize democratic decision making. Municipalities and Cantons have far reaching powers. For example, in the Canton of Basel-Stadt, 3000 signatures are sufficient to get a citizens initiative on a legally binding ballot, where the voting population of approximately 150’000 people can accept or reject it. Basel-Stadt is one of the larger cantons. Cantonal initiatives can effect dramatic changes in fundamentals such as taxes and policing.

Further, Switzerland as a nation does not have a single leaders, enforcing consensus of more than 51% for major federal policy changes.

Europe needs a digital version of Swiss democracy to revitalize itself.

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