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The Routledge Handbook to Referendums and Direct Democracy

Authored by: Laurence Morel , Matt Qvortrup

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138209930
eBook ISBN: 9780203713181
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203713181
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Over the last 30 years referendums have played an increasingly important role in determining government policy. Recent high profile referendums in Scotland, Catalonia and Ukraine have continued the movement towards independence referendums following decolonization and the end of the Cold War. The Greek bailout referendum and Britain?s vote on membership of the EU reflect a tradition of European states giving their people a direct say in the transfer of sovereign powers to the European Union seen through the ratification of key treaties such as Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon. This Routledge Handbook covers key aspects and issues of direct democracy and referendums throughout the world including:

?their history;

?when, why, where, how and on which issues referendums are held;

?why some referendums are more democratic than others;

?how referendums are won;

?whether they produce good policies;

?if referendums increase participation and improve the quality of representative democracies;

?do referendums increase trust in democracy and the political actors;

?the impact of new technology on the possibilities, methods and frequency of direct public political participation;

?how they should be regulated.

Covering other related areas such as recall, citizen juries and random selection, this compendium is an indispensable guide to referendums and the workings of modern democracy.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The history of referendums and direct democracy Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Types of referendums, provisions and practice at the national level worldwide Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Local referendums Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Methodological issues Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Views on referendums Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Why referendums? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Referendums and consensus democracy Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The democratic criticism of referendums Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The democratic potential of referendums Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Democratic credentials and deficits of referendums Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Sovereignty referendums Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The correct expression of popular will Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The expression of popular will Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The strength of popular will Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Existing regulations and recommended best practices Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Voting behavior in direct democratic votes Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Picking winners Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The formation of opinions at referendums Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Are referendums a mechanism to turn our prejudices into rational choices? Download PDF
Chapter  20:  How elections shape campaigning effects in direct democracy Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Referendums, minorities and individual freedoms Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Referendums on European integration Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Do referendums make better citizens? Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Brinkmanship and backsliding Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Effects of referendums on party cohesion and cleavages Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Recall referendum around the world Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Deliberative mini-publics in democratic systems Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Nothing fails like success Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Sortition, direct democracy and indirect democracy Download PDF
Appendix_2 Download PDF
Appendix_1 Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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