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The Dynamics of Referendum Campaigns

An International Perspective

Editors: de Vreese, Claes H. (Ed.)

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This book focuses on the key actors in a referendum (the political elites/ parties, the media and citizens) and is centred around themes such as campaign style, campaign effects, electoral mobilization and turnout, as well as vote choice. The contributors consider the impact and importance of referendum campaigns.

About the authors

HAJO G. BOOMGAARDEN Assistant Professor, Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands NICHOLAS BORNSTEIN Research Assistant, Economics and Environmental Management Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland WILLEM BOSVELD Social Psychologist and Senior Researcher, Research and Statistics (O+S), Amsterdam, The Netherlands SARA BINZER HOBOLT Lecturer in Comparative European Politics and Fellow, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, UK SIMON HUG Professor of Political Science, University of Zurich, UK HANSPETER KRIESI Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Zurich, Switzerland BRUNO LANZ Research Assistant, Economics and Environmental Management Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland LAWRENCE LEDUC Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada MICHAEL MARSH Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland PETER NEIJENS Professor and Chair of Communication Campaigns, Amsterdam School of Communications Research ASCoR, Communication Science Department, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands HENRIK OSCARSSON Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Göteborg University, Sweden PHILIP VAN PRAAG Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands PASCAL SCIARINI Professor of Swiss and Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland JEROEN SLOT Head of the Research and Policy Information group, Research and Statistics (O+S), Amsterdam, The Netherlands ALEXANDER TRECHSEL Professor of Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Reviews

'Referendums are increasingly important in democracies nowadays, and there is not enough published on how referendum campaigns work and how anticipated outcomes can be changed through the campaigning process. This volume takes us a long way toward understanding the referendum campaign process and it should have a wide readership among those who study campaigns, as well as practitioners including journalists and politicians.' - Holli A. Semetko, Professor of Political Science, Emory University, USA

'This is an exciting collection of papers by leading scholars. Direct democracy is an increasingly important feature of European politics and this collection is one of the handful of expressly comparative treatments of direct democracy; and it is the first to focus so closely on the dynamics of campaigns. This collection marks a major step forward in our understanding of direct democracy.' - Shaun Bowler, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, USA

'This is one of the most interesting works on referendums currently available. It brings together a large array of systematic and comparative analyses, which emphasise the importance of the political context and the dynamics of referendum campaigns. How are referendums linked to other aspects of the political landscape parties, governments, media, and issues? How do campaign dynamics selectively trigger voters' political orientations and shape their preferences? This perspective on context and campaigns helps to make intelligible what otherwise would appear as disparate and contradictory findings, and sets directions for future research. This book deserves to be widely read by scholars and students interested in electoral politics, political communication, and the actual operation of modern democracy.' - Cees van der Eijk, University of Nottingham, UK


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Context, Elites, Media and Public Opinion in Referendums: When Campaigns Really Matter

    Vreese, Claes H.

    Pages 1-20

  • Opinion Formation and Change in Referendum Campaigns

    LeDuc, Lawrence

    Pages 21-44

  • The Strategic Context of Referendums on the EU Constitution

    Hug, Simon

    Pages 47-62

  • Referendum Campaigns: Changing What People Think or Changing What They Think About?

    Marsh, Michael

    Pages 63-83

  • Campaign Information and Voting Behaviour in EU Referendums

    Hobolt, Sara Binzer

    Pages 84-114

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dynamics of Referendum Campaigns
Book Subtitle
An International Perspective
Editors
  • Claes H. de Vreese
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-59118-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230591189
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-51783-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-35549-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
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