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Gianfranco Baldini and Guido Legnante

On 29 November and 13 December 1998, elections were held for

the renewal of fifty-eight municipal councils in towns comprising

more than 15,000 inhabitants, as well as of four provincial administrations.

The feature that most caught the attention of politicians

and commentators, apart from changes in the political balance of

the coalitions, was the turnout for these elections. For the first time

in the electoral history of republican Italy, non-voters in the provincial

elections in some cases amounted to more than 50 percent of

the electorate. Largely blamed for this fall in electoral participation

was the frequency with which voters had been recently called to

the polling booths; and this accelerated the process of modifying

the law on the direct election of the mayor, it being proposed,

amongst other things, that all the administrative elections should

be combined into a single annual round of voting.

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Jeffrey D. Hilmer and Max Halupka

democratic aspiration or consigning democracy to the status of a remote ideal (51).” While perhaps unfair to pragmatic off shoots including James Fishkin’s “deliberative polling,” Medearis’s critique is trenchant. Chapters 2 and 3 elaborate contemporary

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The Social Consequences of Brexit for the UK and Europe

Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division

Steve Corbett

’s renegotiated EU membership to some extent echoed analysis of recent polling on the preferences of the public ( Vasilopoulou 2016 ). These include issues of freedom of movement within the EU—“the right to work and receive welfare in another EU country

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Leif Lewin

. 2001 . “ Understanding Polling Methodology. ” Isuma , September . Mill , John Stuart . [ 1861 ] 1977 . Considerations on Representative Government . Ed. J. M. Robson . Toronto and Buffalo : University of Toronto Press . Moravcsik , Andrew

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Filimon Peonidis

for meaningful and substantive intervention, apart from visiting the polling station every four or five years. I have stressed elsewhere the significance of citizen assemblies, legislative initiatives, recall of officials through popular vote, and a

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Vittorio Bufacchi

's deliberative polling, which builds on the long tradition of participatory democracy. See Fishkin (2011) . 15 For a detailed explanation of how the Irish Citizens’ Assembly works, see https://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/Home/ . See also Farrell et al. (2018

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Participatory Democracy in Unlikely Places

What Democratic Theorists Can Learn from Democratic Professionals

Selen A. Ercan’s and Albert W. Dzur

avoid concrete problems plaguing contemporary publics. In deliberative polling, for example, you swoop in, do the deliberative poll, and then you swoop out leaving just the same amount of distrust, just the same amount of civic lethargy as when you

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Ferenc Bódi, Jenő Zsolt Farkas, and Péter Róbert

. The analysis was conducted utilizing both micro and macro approaches. The empirical measurements were macro-level indicators on the one hand, and our own indicators developed from micro-level polling questions related to the assessment of people

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

steep rise: in recent polling, 97 percent of Ukrainian respondents have indicated that they “have personally experienced the higher prices for consumer goods and services” ( RGU 2017 ). Before 2013, around 13 percent of all households were deemed “unable