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Title: Local Citizen Initiatives in Poland: The Disparity in Signature Requirements
Authors: Lis-Staranowicz, Dorota
Giżyńska, Monika
Keywords: direct democracy; the actual threshold of support; the legal threshold of support; local citizens’ initiatives; signature requirements
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Wydawnictwo KUL
Citation: "Review of European and Comparative Law" 2020, T. 40, nr 1, s. 45-66
Abstract: In the social sciences, the attention is drawn to the relationship between instruments of direct democracy and signature requirement, because the latter may block the activity of citizens. Therefore, this paper focuses on signature requirements of local citizen’ initiatives (LCI), which is also analyzed from the perspective of the principle of equality. We identify: the legal threshold of support (LTS) and the actual threshold of support (ATS). The legal threshold is construed as the statutory requirement of support (quantified or specified as a percentage), whereas the actual threshold of support is the quotient of the number of signatures required and the total number of residents in a given district. With respect to the LCI, a district is an area of a municipality, poviat and voivodship. The ATS is an indicator used by us to study the principle of equality.
ISSN: 2545-384X (eISSN)
Appears in Collections:Review of European and Comparative Law, 2020, Vol. 40, No 1

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