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Referendums around the world [Elektronisk resurs] the continued growth of direct democracy / Edited by Matt Qvortrup.

Qvortrup, Matt. 
ISBN 9781137314703
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Engelska 320 p.
  • E-bok
Innehållsförteckning Sammanfattning Ämnesord
  • 1. Introduction: Theory, Practice and History-- Matt Qvortrup 2. Referendums in Russia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe-- Ronald J. Hill and Stephen White 3. Referendums in Western Europe-- Matt Qvortrup 4. Referendums in Switzerland-- Uwe Serdult 5. Referendums and Initiatives in North America-- Todd Donovan 6. Referendums in Latin America-- David Altman 7. Referendums in Africa-- Norbert Kersting 8. Referendums in Asia-- Masahiro Kobori 9. Referendums in Oceania-- Caroline Morris 10. Conclusion-- Matt Qvortrup.
  • Surveying all referendums around the world since 1793, Dr Qvortrup and contributors provide a thorough account of why and when citizens have been asked to vote on policy issues. Referendums Around the World is essential reading for political scientists and others interested in direct democracy as well as representative government. -- Referendums Around the World is a ground breaking empirical study. A successor to David Butler and Austin Ranney's classic, the present volume surveys all referendums held worldwide since since 1793. Unlike its predecessor, in this edition, Dr Qvortrup and a cast of outstanding contributors provide a thorough account of the pros and cons of referendums, the reason why politicians have submitted issues to referendums and the consequences of letting the people decide. Covering countries and regimes ranging from developed democracies to autocratic regimes, the book is a tour de force of referendums written by some of the world's foremost experts on the subject. 
  • "Referendums Around the World offers a comprehensive literature overview, both empirical and theoretical, on referendums. Much more formidable, however, are the historical analyses of referendums all over the world, from Europe to Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania, and from the United States to the ex-Communist countries. This book is a 'must-read' for anyone interested in the referendum as an institution that is consequential not only for law-making and constitutional revisions, but also for its role in the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of Pinochet, the derailing of European Unification, and the approval of authoritarian regimes and constitutions." George Tsebelis, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, USA "This volume is a worthy successor to the global survey of referendums undertaken two decades ago by David Butler and Austin Ranney. Dr. Qvortrup has assembled an impressive group of scholars from around the world to bring both their local expertise and comparative understanding to the contemporary study of the various forms and applications of direct democracy. Strengthened by Qvortrup's own broad theoretical and empirical knowledge of the subject, this work will be welcomed by both scholars and practitioners as the use of direct democratic institutions and practices continues to expand." Lawrence LeDuc, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada. "Referendums Around the World updates the classic works on referendums, provides detailed descriptive data, and serves as a splendid introduction to these fascinating institutions. The thoughtful chapters on different regions stress the importance of the context in which a referendum or initiative takes place and the variety of purposes that it can serve. These include spurring or checking the usual aggregation and policymaking processes, authorizing constitutional change, or legitimizing authoritarian repression." G. Bingham Powell, President of the American Political Science Association and Marie C. Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester, USA. 


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Referendum.  (LCSH)
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections.  (LCSH)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory.  (LCSH)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National.  (LCSH)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization.  (LCSH)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General.  (LCSH)
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