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Direct democracy and European integration

Hobolt, Sara (2006) Direct democracy and European integration. Journal of European Public Policy, 13 (1). pp. 153-166. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501760500380825


The no-votes in the French and Dutch referendums on the Constitutional Treaty have highlighted the importance of understanding the mechanisms of direct democracy. Despite the increasing use and significance of referendums in the process of European integration, comparative studies of referendums in Europe are still few and many questions concerning direct democracy thus remain unanswered. This article reviews recent advances in the literature on direct democracy and European integration and suggests future avenues for research. To understand the ways in which referendums may influence the European integration process, this article approaches the study of direct democracy from the perspective of voters (how do they decide?) and political élites (which strategies do they adopt?), as well as examining the impact on policy outcomes.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 13:01
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 18:09

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