Hijacked direct democracy: the instrumental use of referendums in Romania

Gherghina, S. (2019) Hijacked direct democracy: the instrumental use of referendums in Romania. East European Politics and Societies, 33(3), pp. 778-797. (doi: 10.1177/0888325418800553)

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The relationship between political parties and referendums received increased attention in the literature. While most research focused on the challenges faced by political parties, little attention is dedicated to the ways in which they can use referendums to serve their purposes. This article analyzes the seven national level referendums organized in post-communist Romania between 1991 and 2012 and shows how referendums were not used primarily as means to reflect citizens’ opinions on policy issues. Instead, they were primarily used as electoral strategies for legitimacy purposes or to augment the popularity of the initiators or main supporters. In isolated instances, they were oriented against other competitors.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:East European Politics and Societies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1533-8371
Published Online:19 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 SAGE Publications
First Published:First published in East European Politics and Societies 33(3): 778-797
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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