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An initiative campaign is likely to initiate public discourse and increase public awareness. It invites public opinion and media attention. These are also ways in which political participation, in a wider sense, increases. Consequently, justifications for democracy based on its participatory character are, at the minimum, entirely valid in the context of direct democracy. III. Democracy, Popular Sovereignty and Initiatives A third line of argument that attempts to justify democracy is based on an evaluation of the substantive policies adopted by democratic regimes.

13 The ability to raise money for an initiative campaign in itself serves as a signal as to the intensity of support for the cause. A more important consideration, however, is whether the alternative, that is, abolishing direct legislation, would render the political system more democratic. It seems to me that not offering any such political avenue is less democratic than offering it notwithstanding its financial burdens. To sum up, it seems that those who justify democracy on the basis of its inherent fairness must acknowledge that direct legislation is in line with that justification.

The implications of a sloppy initiative are too significant to be disregarded by an initiative’s sponsors. A sloppy initiative could undermine the purpose of the initiative altogether, it could confuse voters, it could attract criticism and it could be litigated and invalidated by the judiciary. 42 Direct Legislation Strengthens Democracy and Representative Institutions – Some proponents of direct democracy claim that it strengthens representative institutions, contributes to the stability of democracy and promotes equality.

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