The politics of direct democracy : referendums in global perspective /

"Considering its growing popularity among many political reformers, the referendum remains much understudied. This book aims to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of direct democratic institutions and devices as they have developed both in the thinking of modern political theorists and...

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Main Author: LeDuc, Lawrence.
Format: eBook
Published: Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, ©2003.
Series:CEL - Canadian Publishers Collection.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: understanding referendums
  • Referendums in democratic societies
  • Theoretical, conceptual, and procedural problems
  • Referendums on constitutional issues: A. Canada's 1992 Constitutional referendum.
  • B. The 1993 Russian Constitutional referendum .
  • C. Electoral reform in New Zealand.
  • D.A Bill of Rights and a republic? The Australian Constitutional Referendums of 1988 and 1999.
  • Referendums on treaties and international agreements: A. Spain's 1986 referendum on NATO.
  • B. The 1992 French referendum on the Maastricht Treaty.
  • C. The Nordic referendums on European Union membership.
  • D. Denmark says "No" again: The 2000 referendum on the European Currency.
  • Referendums on sovereignty, national self-determination, and devolution: A. The Quebec sovereignty referendums
  • B. The 1991 independence referendum in Ukraine.
  • C. Local Self-government for Scotland and Wales.
  • D. Statehood for PUerto Rico?
  • Referendums on Public Policy Issues: A. Sweden's 1980 Referendum on nuclear power
  • B. Ireland's referendums on divorce and abortion
  • C. The "California Model"
  • D. Switzerland: government by referendum?
  • Citizens, parties, and voters
  • The present and future of direct democracy.