International direct democracy


We live in a world of increasing interconnectedness and territorial changes. This project group researches the territorial and functional dimension of voting on questions of sovereignty. At the centre is the relation between direct democracy and questions of sovereignty.

Ongoing projects

Direkte Demokratie und Populismus in Europa

Das Forschungsprojekt untersucht die Wechselwirkungen zwischen dem Phänomen des Populismus und der Funktionsweise sowie Wirkungen direktdemokratischer Institutionen.
Project leaders: Nadja Braun Binder, Tarik Abou-Chadi
Duration: 2017-2023
Project description

Deliberative Constitution-Making

In Europe and across the world, several countries are turning to deliberative democracy to reform their constitutions. The main aim of this project is to bring together all actors involved in the designing of constitutions to discuss and reflect on this democratic challenge.
Project leader: Yanina Welp
Duration: 2018-2021
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Foro Europa-Cuba

Project leader: Yanina Welp
Duration: 2018-2021
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Towards a theory of deliberative receptiveness in constituent process. The Citizen's dialogues from a comparative approach.

Project leader: Yanina Welp
Duration: 2017-2019

Completed projects

Democratic Innovation. What Europe can learn from Latin America (III)

The people's constituent power: referendums on sovereignty issues

Project leader: Fernando Mendez
Project collaborators: Andreas Auer, Corsin Bisaz, Nicolas Aubert, Micha Germann
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The European Referendum Revisited

Project leaders: Andreas Auer, Fernando Mendez, Vasiliki Triga
Research database UZH