Agenda Setting Initiative

Agenda Setting Initiative (PAX)

An agenda setting initiative is the right of a specified number of eligible voters to propose to a competent authority the adoption of a law or measure; the addressee of this proposal and request is not the whole electorate but a representative authority. In contrast to the popular initiative, it is this authority which decides what is going to happen to the proposal.

An agenda initiative can be institutionalized in a variety of ways: for example as an agenda initiative without popular vote, as an agenda initiative combined with the possibility of a consultative or binding plebiscite or as a popular motion (“Volksmotion”). The popular motion can be the equivalent of a parliamentary motion; if adopted, it can also be treated like a popular initiative (this is the case in the canton of Obwalden, Switzerland).


Designates procedures of a mixed type like the agenda setting initiative, which combines elements of an initiative with elements of a plebiscite: citizens have the right to initiate the procedure and make a request, but then control is handed over to representatives, which have the right to decide what to do with the request.

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