What is initiative?

  • (adj): Serving to set in motion.
    Example: "The initiative phase in the negotiations"
    Synonyms: inaugural, initiatory, first, maiden
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In political science, an initiative (also known as a popular or citizens' initiative) is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote (plebiscite). The vote may be on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or ordinance, or, in its minimal form, to simply oblige the executive or legislative bodies to consider the subject by submitting it to the order of the day. It is a form of direct democracy.

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Prussian Army - Characteristics
... Since the 17th century, the army of Brandenburg-Prussia was characterized by its initiative, maneuverability, and aggressive command at the operational level of war ... which subordinate officers led using personal initiative ... privileges on their estates and greater initiative on the battlefield ...
Edwin David Aponte - Scholarly Activity
... involved in intercultural, international, and inter-religious initiatives and activities ... Theology and Religion, the Fund for Theological Education, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Temple University, Southern Methodist University, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Fund for Graduate Education ... Aponte was a member of the Re-forming Ministry Initiative, a national project of the Office of Theology, Worship, and Education of the Presbyterian Church (USA) ...
Joint Ocean Commission Initiative - Background and History - The Joint Initiative Looking Forward
... The Joint Initiative continues to focus on the issue of sustained funding for the national ocean policy as the National Ocean Council begins its work ... By building on prior work of the Joint Initiative, the new Joint Initiative Leadership Council is working to ensure that the national ocean policy ... Despite its narrowed focus, the Joint Initiative continues to view each of the seven policy priorities as an integral part of reforming ocean and coastal policy ...
Initiative - United States
... Main article Initiatives and referendums in the United States The United States has no initiative process at the national level, but the initiative is in use at the ... powers herein granted" to the Congress of the United States." Establishing a national initiative procedure would likely require an amendment to the Constitution, which would under Article V ... Unsuccessful attempts to get initiatives have nevertheless occurred, but since the proposals were bills, not a constitutional amendments, probably no initiative could have lawfully ...
Background and History - The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council: 2010
... In June 2010, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative announced new leadership that would focus specifically on promoting the establishment and effective implementation of a ... The bipartisan Joint Initiative Leadership Council is co-chaired by The Honorable William Ruckelshaus and The Honorable Norman Mineta ... Former Joint Initiative co-chairs Leon Panetta and Admiral James D ...

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    A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
    Tacitus (c. 55–120)

    You will belong to that minority which, according to current Washington doctrine, must be protected in its affluence lest its energy and initiative be impaired. Your position will be in contrast to that of the poor, to whom money, especially if it is from public sources, is held to be deeply damaging.
    John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908)

    I am firmly opposed to the government entering into any business the major purpose of which is competition with our citizens ... for the Federal Government deliberately to go out to build up and expand ... a power and manufacturing business is to break down the initiative and enterprise of the American people; it is the destruction of equality of opportunity amongst our people, it is the negation of the ideals upon which our civilization has been based.
    Herbert Hoover (1874–1964)