In a post on DeFacto, Michael Hermann argues that in Switzerland the conflict between voters and “political elites” actually has receded. According to Hermann, popular votes helped clarify where voters disagreed with parliamentarians, and this led policy makers to adjust. The figures illustrate how over time, votes in the two chambers of parliament converged towards outcomes in popular votes. Campaigns supported by the right-wing SVP party may have contributed to these developments.
In the New Yorker, Ryan Lizza reports about the “Cruz for President” campaign’s cheating and bullying tactics to increase voter turnout. Other presidential hopefuls apply similar tactics.