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Sleek direct democracy has lately develop into a huge component of political lifestyles in lots of international locations. those advancements might be saw on the nationwide, nearby, and native point of political structures. Participation and democracy in neighborhood political beliefs play a big function in stabilizing and constructing democratic structures. This quantity offers, for the 1st time, a extensive foundation of data at the big choice of neighborhood associations and perform of democracy in 19 nations.
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To the city government, the old train station, built in 1850, lacked the capacity and layout to accommodate the city’s needs; since the train station was right next to the city center, it would be difficult to expand. The city wanted to fund the enormous cost of moving the train station about 800 meters away from the city center through budget cuts, loans and EU structural funds. They also argued that the land where the current train station stands could be redeveloped into a number of modern office complexes and luxury apartment buildings, which would expand the city center and increase city revenues.
That became the first local referendum in the country on an issue other than municipal separation, and had a binding outcome (turnout was 37%) in favor of preventing the road construction project. A number of activists involved in the case later advised residents in other cities how to organize referendum campaigns. Since then, citizen-initiated referendums have become a mainstay of Czech local politics. 38 Michael L. Smith Nonetheless, political intervention and manipulation of the referendum process has continued to be a problem.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 20 Parliamentary hearing, June 5, 2007. Local Direct Democracy in the Czech Republic 53 Koudelka, Zdeněk (2001): Obce a kraje podle reformy veřejné správy v roce 2001 (Municipalities and Regions according to the Reforms of Public Administration in 2001). Prague: Linde. Lástič, Erik (2005): Inštitút referenda v ústavnom systéme SR (The Referendum Device in the Constitutional System of the Slovak Republic). Bratislava: Ústav štátu a práva SAV. “ Annual Review of Political Science 7: 463-82.