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欧州民主国家にみる国民投票の活用

The Politics of Referendum Use in European Democracies . 1st ed. 2019

Hollander, Saskia

Palgrave Macmillan 2019/04
XVII, 345 p. 30 illus.
出版国: CH
ISBN: 9783030041960
eISBN: 9783030041977
KNPID: EY00342216
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This book demonstrates that the generally assumed dichotomy between referendums and representative democracy does not do justice to the great diversity of referendum types and of how referendums are used in European democracies. Although in all referendums citizens vote directly on issues rather than letting their political representatives do this for them, some referendums are more direct than others. Rather than reflecting the direct power of the People, most referendums in EU countries are held by, and serve the interests of, the political elites, most notably the executive. The book shows that these interests rarely match the justifications given in the public debate. Instead of being driven by the need to compensate for the deficiency of political parties, decision-makers use referendums primarily to protect the position of their party. In unravelling the strategic role played by national referendums in decision-making, this book makes an unconventional contribution to the debate on the impact of referendums on democracy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Politics of Referendum Use in Europe
2. Referendums and Democratic Theory
3. Referendums and Institutional Theory
4. Referendum Provisions and Use in 28 Countries
5. Referendum Practice in France
6. Referendum Practice in Denmark
7. Referendum Practice in the United Kingdom
8. Referendum Practice in Sweden
9. Referendum Practice in the Netherlands
10. Conclusions: The Drivers of Referendum Use in Europe