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Le contre-pouvoir et la démocratie directe agrégative : le cas de l'initiative populaire en Suisse

Abstract : Our research work aims to advance knowledge about the popular initiative system in Switzerland. The main issue of this thesis in political science is to question the organization of power in a democracy. To do this, we propose a reflection on counter-power in a "direct" democracy. By studying the relationships of domination between representatives of federal authority and members of initiative committees, we provide a new understanding of the counter-power and its effects. By taking a historical, sociological and philosophical look at this political process, we wish to offer an original critique of the Swiss system and the functioning of its direct democracy mechanisms. Our epistemological approach will be based on deterministic and spinozist principles in order to better understand the affects and indignations that generate political engagement. Finally, we will examine the contrasting consequences of counter-power in the light of several structuring theories of ideas history of Western democracies. In short, we ask the following question: Does the popular initiative in Switzerland promote the democratic ideal?
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François Bonnaz. Le contre-pouvoir et la démocratie directe agrégative : le cas de l'initiative populaire en Suisse. Science politique. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019GREAH027⟩. ⟨tel-03045634⟩



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