Referendums and Representative Democracy

This volume analyses how the use of referendums affects the central functions and characteristics of representative democracy.

Referendums and Representative Democracy

This volume analyses how the use of referendums affects the central functions and characteristics of representative democracy. It provides a balanced account of the interaction between referendums and representative institutions and actors, seeking to evaluate whether referendums supplement or undermine representative democracy. Considering both normative and empirical questions, the volume also examines the particular circumstances under which referendums strengthen or weaken representative democracy. Providing a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used in the study of referendums, this book is divided into three sections: Referendums and the Models of Democracy, The Demand of Referendums: Party Ideologies and Strategies, and Referendum Campaigns and Voter Behaviour. It features case studies on Ireland, Israel, Canada, California, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, the Nordic Countries, the Netherlands, Spain and the EU Constitutional Treaty. In addition to system-level evaluations of referendums, studies on the ideological attitudes of political actors and strategic use of referendums, the volume also provides analyses of referendum campaigns and voters’ choices in referendums. Covering referendums on European integration, the volume also demonstrates how supra-national governance gives rise to the demand of referendums. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, political theory, comparative politics, and European studies.

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Referendums as Representative Democracy
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Leah Trueblood
Categories: Constitutional law
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher:

"In referendums on fundamental constitutional issues, do the people come together to make decisions instead of representatives? This book argues no. It offers an alternative theory of referendums whereby they are one of many ordinary ways that voters give direction to their representatives. In this way, the book argues that
The Routledge Handbook to Referendums and Direct Democracy
Language: en
Pages: 530
Authors: Laurence Morel, Matt Qvortrup
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-12-12 - Publisher: Routledge

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
Referendums and Democratic Government
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Maija Setälä
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-04-29 - Publisher: Springer

Referendums and Democratic Government is the most systematic analysis of the referendum so far. The referendum phenomenon is approached from different perspectives: social choice theory, theories of democracy, a comparative study on 22 democracies, and in-depth case studies of Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. The referendum is not a unitary phenomenon
Referendums and Representative Democracy
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Maija Setälä, Theo Schiller
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-10 - Publisher: Routledge

This volume analyses how the use of referendums affects the central functions and characteristics of representative democracy. It provides a balanced account of the interaction between referendums and representative institutions and actors, seeking to evaluate whether referendums supplement or undermine representative democracy. Considering both normative and empirical questions, the volume
Referendums Around the World
Language: en
Pages: 306
Authors: Matt Qvortrup
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-05 - Publisher: Springer

Surveying all referendums around the world since 1793, Dr Qvortrup and contributors provide a thorough account of why and when citizens have been asked to vote on policy issues. Referendums Around the World is essential reading for political scientists and others interested in direct democracy as well as representative government.