Editor’s note: The following is a partial paraphrase in English of an article* which appeared in French in Le Monde on December 19. The citizen’s ballot or referendum initiative (référendum d’initiative citoyenne, or RIC) has become one of the principal revindications of the yellow vest (gilet jaune) movement in France. A well known feature in … More A novel initiative in France and Switzerland
If you read the international news with any degree of frequency you will find stories about the design of political systems more often than you might have anticipated. For instance, in Britain in 2011 the government held a referendum on changing the electoral regime used in parliamentary elections. The referendum failed. More recently, in Greece, … More Design matters: what’s at stake?