Voting for Direct Democracy: Evidence from a Unique Popular Initiative in Bavaria

Discussion Papers 1435, 30 S.

Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier, Magdalena Pallauf, David Stadelmann


get_appDownload (PDF  3.96 MB)

Forthcoming in: International Tax and Public Finance


We analyze a constitutional change in the German State of Bavaria where citizens, not politicians, granted themselves more say in politics at the local level through a constitutional initiative at the state level. This institutional setting allows us to focus on revealed preferences for direct democracy and to identify factors which explain this preference. Empirical results suggests support for direct democracy is rather related to dissatisfaction with representative democracy in general than with an elected governing party.

Ronny Freier

Research Associate in the Public Economics Department

JEL-Classification: D72;H70
Keywords: Direct democracy, Voting, Initiative, Parties
Frei zugängliche Version: (econstor)