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Weber’s Concern on Immediate Democracy and the Mediation of Parliament

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Cristiana Senigaglia

University of Passau, DE; University of Trieste, IT
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Weber’s judgement on the types of immediate democracy is ambivalent; he recognizes the reduction of institutional mediation and power as well as the possibility of a more direct intervention by the people on the one hand, but he also underlines the major difficulties to find a balance between political decision making and administration, or between the exercise of power and its control. The analysis focuses on the most relevant types of immediate democracy: direct democracy, the democracy of the street, and plebiscitary democracy, and dedicates a particular attention to the referendum as the most significant instrument of immediate democracy in Weber’s view. The aim is to ascertain which aspects do not find a satisfying solution in the immediate forms of democracy, and therefore require and legitimise at the same time an institutional mediation which is fully accomplished only by a strong and effective parliament.

How to Cite: Senigaglia, Cristiana. 2020. “Weber’s Concern on Immediate Democracy and the Mediation of Parliament”. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 23 (1): 20–35. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33134/rds.327
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Published on 13 Jul 2020.
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