The media in direct democracy


Institutions of direct democracy demand a great deal of the media. With a greater frequency than in representative democracies, proposals on issue-related policies must be discussed and communicated to the public. In their reporting, the media tend to personalise and emotionalise. However, debates on issue-related policies provide only few opportunities for this. This project group analyses the role of traditional and social media in direct democracy.

Completed projects

Political parties' attitudes towards direct democracy and digital media

Project leader: Yanina Welp
Project collaborator: Uwe Serdült
Research database UZH

Promoting or eroding democracy? Civil Society Organizations between institutions, digital media and the streets

Project leader: Yanina Welp
Project collaborator: Uwe Serdült
Research database UZH