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Estudios constitucionales

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Abstract

ALMAGRO CASTRO, DAVID. DlRECT AND SEMIDIRECT DEMOCRACY IN THE FEDERAL BRAZILIAN CONSTITUTION OF 1988: TOWARDS THE UNAVOIDABLE REFORM. Estudios constitucionales [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.1, pp.153-192. ISSN 0718-5200.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-52002017000100006.

The Federal brazilian Constitution of 1988 establish in itsfirst article, uniqueparagraph that all thepower comes from thepeople, who can exercise it through a group ofrepresentatives or in a direct way in the terms ofthis Constitution. The crisis affecting the Brazilian democratic system as well as the request for a better and deeper participation justifies an analysis about how this constitutional command has been fulfilled. The methodology line used consists in a systematic analyze over the legal regime related with the political rights established in the Constitution: the plebiscite, the referendum and the legislative initiative. The results obtained allow us to affirm that the implementation of a real participative democracy demands no other solution thanprofound constitutional and legal reforms that makepossible an efficient action between the citizens and the state institutions.

Keywords : participative democracy; plebiscite; referendum; legislative initiative.

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