Local Referendum – mechanism of the participative democracy


  • Laviniu Florin Ușvat Attorney – Attorneys Association in Arad, Romania, University Lecturer PhD ., ”Vasile Goldiș” Western University Arad, Romania




semi-direct democracy, participative democracy, local referendum, local administration, types of local referendum


In this study we have theoretically and practically approached the institution of the local referendum. Therewith, the European life of Romania has compelled us to view aspects of the institution within the legislation and practice of other European states, such as France and Italy. We have found as appropriate this analysis due to the fact that the local referendum, whose involvement in the local or regional communities’ life is more and more visible. In our country the local referendum benefits from a thorough regulation, even if the legislative frame in which the institution is framed is perfectible. In practice, in the last years a multiplication of the local referendums may be observed, in its forms prescribed by law, which proves that the young Romanian democracy has learned to use this mechanism of the participative democracy. The performed compared law analysis has allowed us to also make a comparison, outlined in the conclusions of the study, between what happens to the referendum in other European states, and how the Romanian people understood, through its legislator, to legislate the local referendum and especially how to apply it.




How to Cite

Ușvat, L. F. (2017). Local Referendum – mechanism of the participative democracy. European Journal of Social Science Education and Research, 4(4s), 205–217. https://doi.org/10.26417/ejser.v11i2.p205-217