And yet it matters: referendum campaigns and vote decision in Eastern Europe

Gherghina, S. and Silagadze, N. (2019) And yet it matters: referendum campaigns and vote decision in Eastern Europe. Contemporary Politics, 25(1), pp. 29-46. (doi: 10.1080/13569775.2018.1543790)

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Referendums campaigns are important and earlier research closely analysed their general functioning, effects on turnout, and the importance of media and information for voting behaviour. However, the role of referendum campaigns as such (with all its components) in shaping voting behaviour was widely neglected. This article seeks to partially fill this gap in the literature and argues that referendum campaign is an important predictor of the voting decision as long as people perceive it as informative and follow it. We investigate this effect in the context of three referendums organized in 2015–2016 in Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia. The results indicate that these two variables explain the decision of citizens to support referendums across different settings. Their effects are consistent and significantly stronger than alternative explanations employed in the literature such as the limited effect of campaigns, second-order elections, partisan cues or amount of information received.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Silagadze, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Contemporary Politics
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-363
Published Online:08 November 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited
First Published:First published in Contemporary Politics 25(1): 29-46
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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