Direct democracy is now being regarded both as an alternative and an adjustment with respect to representative constitutional democracy. Nevertheless, as it is discussed in this article, direct democracy devices, particularly in those legal systems where no quorum is provided for validating referendums, can harm minorities. The case of “same-sex marriage referendums” is analyzed as an emblematic example of how a minority group can be easily outnumbered, when decisions are taken using direct popular voting.

A Majoritarian One-Shot, A Minority Being Shot. Direct Democracy and The «Counter-Minoritarian Dilemma»

michele di bari
2019

Abstract

Direct democracy is now being regarded both as an alternative and an adjustment with respect to representative constitutional democracy. Nevertheless, as it is discussed in this article, direct democracy devices, particularly in those legal systems where no quorum is provided for validating referendums, can harm minorities. The case of “same-sex marriage referendums” is analyzed as an emblematic example of how a minority group can be easily outnumbered, when decisions are taken using direct popular voting.
2019
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