Weto ludowe – czy mogłoby zaistnieć w polskim porządku prawnym?
Popular referendum – could it exist in the Polish legal order?
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The institution of popular referendum is one of the forms of direct democracy that does not exist in the Polish legal order. In this study, the author analyzes the possibilities of introducing this institution into the Polish constitutional system. The considerations are focused on determining the acceptable shape above the scope of the discussed institution as well as the reference to the procedural elements related to its possible introduction. The main questions to be answered are connected with determining the minimum threshold of attendance required to recognize the validity of the referendum, the issue of the minimum number of people initiating the procedure together with the deadline for collecting their signatures and determining which legal acts would be subject to the procedure. In each aspect, the author refers to examples from other countries in which the institution is already functioning. Considerations on this subject end with a broad list of the basic arguments of opponents of the popular referendum and, on the other hand, the arguments of supporters of this form of direct democracy.
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