Can the Citizens’ Initiative Revitalize Representative Democacy?

The Petition Committee of the Dutch House of Representatives is currently holding an internal review of the so-called citizens’ initative. This instrument may only work, however, if it is accompanied by a long-term vision of how parliament is to be re-established as the central organ of representative democracy.

I invite you to read my new blogpost on this topic at In the blogpost reference is made to the 2012 Democratic Audit carried out in the U.K., among other things. The Audit found that ‘almost all available indicators suggest that representative democracy is in long-term, terminal decline’. See for the U.K. audit:

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