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Voting for Direct Democratic Participation: Evidence from an Initiative Election Felix Arnold, Ronny Freier, Magdalena Pallauf, David Stadelmann In: International Tax and Public Finance 23 (2016), 4, S. 716-740

Abstract:

We study 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 state initiative election in 1995. This institutional setting allows us to observe revealed preferences for direct democracy and to identify factors which explain these preferences. Empirical evidence suggests that support for direct democracy is related to dissatisfaction with representative democracy in general rather than with an elected governing party.

JEL-Classification:

D72;H70

Keywords:

Direct democracy, voting, initiative, parties