About the Database
Democracy is about involvement of the people in the functioning of their government. A wide range of democratic practices exist in order to engage citizens in making political and institutional decisions, while direct democracy instruments allow citizens to formally engage in such democratic decision making.
There are four mechanisms of direct democracy designed to give the electorate increased opportunities to involve themselves in the running of their governments – referendums, citizens’ initiatives, agenda initiatives and recalls. International IDEA’s Direct Democracy Database provides global comparative data about how those four mechanisms of direct democracy are organized in 197 countries across the globe.
The Database provides comparative data as divided into the following five parts: