"It is important for the public to have a forum of veteran and serious people to sit together and discuss key issues on the public agenda in a thoughtful and evaluative manner, and deliver those messages to the public."
In Britain, nationwide referendums are a rare event. This development highlights an issue that many of today's democracies are struggling with: the ongoing tension between direct and representative democracy. Is a national referendum a shining example of the democratic ideal put to practice, or does it represents deterioration to cheap populism?
The Israel Democracy Institute yesterday welcomed the recommendations of the Central Elections Committee to enable individuals to vote for the Knesset from polling stations not located in their neighborhood. (Chart: Voter turnout over time)
In advance of the 2015 Knesset elections, IDI compiled a booklet of recommendations on how to reduce tension between religion and state in Israel for Israeli policy-makers, based on its extensive research over the years.