Surveys the historical experience of direct democracy in a dozen
European countries and regions, examining the constitutional
background to the referendum, voting behavior at referendums, the
political impact of the referendum, and the current state of the
debate about possible wider use of the referendum. Explores its
impact on political parties and systems, on representative
government, and on policy outcomes, and evaluates the merits of the
referendum as an institution of decision making.
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