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Voluntary Public Participation Procedures in the City of Zurich : a Step beyond Direct Democracy ?
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The Quest for Good Urban Governance : Theoretical Reflections and International Practices
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van den Dool L., Hendriks F., Gianoli A., Schaap L.
Urban and Regional Research International
Participation is vital for democracy, not only in the form of casting a vote but also beyond that. Citizens' active contribution in the decision-making process is what "rule by the people" entails, an indispensible asset that ensures the democratic nature of a system (Lijphart 1999: 2). The way participation is realized, however, can take on many different forms. The Swiss political system offers citizens far-reaching options and instruments to participate in the political decision-making process. They cannot only cast votes in national, cantonal, and local elections, but they can also make use of referendums and initiatives on all three political levels.
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