The use of referendums in Central and Eastern Europe after the EU accession

Gherghina, S. (2017) The use of referendums in Central and Eastern Europe after the EU accession. In: Hashimoto, T. and Rhimes, M. (eds.) Reviewing European Union Accession: Unexpected Results, Spillover Effects, and Externalities. Series: Law in Eastern Europe (67). Brill: Leiden, pp. 41-56. ISBN 9789004316478

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The amount of referendums organized at national level in Central and Eastern Europe has gradually increased. This chapter analyzes the extent to which this development is related to the EU accession. It also provides several attempts to explain the possible mechanisms behind the observed changes. To this end, it provides a comparative analysis of the 11 newest Member States comparing the pre- and post-accession periods (up to 2013, i.e. ten years of accession). The chapter draws on a unique set of data and uses a statistical approach. It focuses on three dimensions: the type of referendum, popular participation, and the success (i.e. if the issue subjected to referendum has been approved) of the referendum.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics

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