Bringing the policy in: a new typology of national referendums

Silagadze, N. and Gherghina, S. (2020) Bringing the policy in: a new typology of national referendums. European Political Science, 19, pp. 461-477. (doi: 10.1057/s41304-019-00230-4)

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Scholarship has categorized referendums predominantly along their procedural and institutional features. This paper moves beyond these formal dimensions, argues that the policy subjected to a popular vote is the missing link and proposes a complementary typology based on the policy areas. This typology fosters comparisons across countries, political systems and over time within one policy area, thus serving as a powerful analytical tool for further analyses. At the same time, the typology maps out the history of referendum use showing the chronology of salient issues in different societies. The empirical evidence draws on an original dataset of 630 nationwide referendums in Europe between 1793 and 2019.

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:European Political Science
Publisher:Springer Nature
ISSN (Online):1682-0983
Published Online:19 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Authors 2019
First Published:First published in European Political Science 19:461–477
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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