Briefing Paper No. 2

Direct democracy, racism and the extreme Right documents forty cases, involving either petitions or citizens’ initiative referenda, that have been held to curtail the basic rights of BME communities, asylum seekers, migrant workers, foreign residents and European Muslims. Drawing attention to the ways in which extreme-Right and anti-immigrant parties are manipulating particular forms of direct democracy in ways that put representative democracies under threat.


Download Briefing Paper no.2: Direct democracy, racism and the extreme Right (pdf file, 200kb)

Download Briefing Paper no.1: The Swiss referendum on minarets: background and aftermath (pdf file, 152kb)