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Referendums Around the World

With a Foreword by Sir David Butler

Editors: Qvortrup, Matt (Ed.)

  • Offers an exhaustive and global account of referendums to date
  • Proves to be a timely reference work for interested readers  in the wake of the recent referendums in Britain, Hungary and Italy
  • Continues the legacy of David Butler’s and Austin Ranney’s Referendums Around the World (1994 and 1997) 
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About this book

This book provides a comprehensive summary and analysis of all the nationwide referendums since 1793. Referendums are ubiquitous and they are increasingly becoming vehicles for political change – or sometimes vehicles of conservatism. In 2016, for example, the voters in the United Kingdom caused a major upheaval when they voted for leaving the European Union. Later in the same year, a majority of the voters in Colombia rejected a peace plan carefully negotiated by the political elites to end decades of civil war. Were these decisions prudent?  Why were these issues submitted to referendums? Why did the majority of voters vote against the governments’ recommendations? Have ‘the people’ had grown tired of the old political class? Was this a new tendency? These are some of the questions addressed in this new edition, which will be compulsory reading for anyone interested in or concerned about populism and democracy.

About the authors

Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science at Coventry University, UK and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. His other books include Referendums and Ethnic Conflict (2014) and Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader (2016).

Reviews

“This delightful volume reviews the history of referendums around the world dating back to the French Revolution, focusing on one continent per chapter (plus one for Switzerland, which has held ‘roughly half of all nationwide referendums in history’); it presents many rich tables of data that detail the outcome of thousands of popular votes. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (M. R. Michelson, Choice, Vol. 55 (9), May, 2018)
“For better or for worse, referendums are increasingly challenging representative democracy as a driving force in political life. We need to understand them better – and in this essential volume, Matt Qvortrup and his distinguished colleagues present a gripping historical overview of this form of  populism  from the French revolution to Brexit.” (Lord Lipsey, Labour Peer and Former Adviser to Anthony Crosland and James Callaghan, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theory, Practice and History

    Qvortrup, Matt

    Pages 1-18

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  • Western Europe

    Qvortrup, Matt

    Pages 19-45

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  • Switzerland

    Serdült, Uwe

    Pages 47-112

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  • Russia, the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

    Hill, Ronald J. (et al.)

    Pages 113-145

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  • North America and the Caribbean

    Donovan, Todd

    Pages 147-183

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Buy this book

eBook 32,12 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57798-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 42,79 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57797-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Referendums Around the World
Book Subtitle
With a Foreword by Sir David Butler
Editors
  • Matt Qvortrup
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57798-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57798-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-57797-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 307
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Topics