Referendum policies across political systems

Silagadze, N. and Gherghina, S. (2020) Referendum policies across political systems. Political Quarterly, 91(1), pp. 182-191. (doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.12790)

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This article compares the use of referendums across political regimes over time in Europe. It does so on the basis of a new typology that differentiates between policy domains and degrees of abstraction. The analysis shows different patterns in referendum use between authoritarian regimes, countries in transition and democracies. In addition to the variation in policy domains, the findings indicate different institutional features within the polity types: the process of initiation, the turnout in referendums and the rate of approval. The empirical evidence draws on an original dataset of 620 referendums organised at national level in Europe between 1793 and 2017.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Silagadze, N., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Political Quarterly
ISSN (Online):1467-923X
Published Online:04 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Political Quarterly 91(1):182-191
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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