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Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

How Referendums Challenge European Democracy

Brexit and Beyond

Authors: Rose, Richard

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  • Relevant to the debate about whether the EU has a democratic deficit
  • Places Brexit in a wider comparative context
  • Originally claims that referendums challenge the elite consensus that led to the referendums being called in the first place
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This book explains how citizens are using referendums to challenge decisions taken by the European Union. The opening chapters compare the two chief institutions of electoral democracy: parliamentary elections to decide who governs, and referendums to decide policies. The EU relies on international treaties for its authority to make policies. Chapters analysing referendum voting on Europe in Britain, Greece and the Netherlands show that cultural values can have a stronger influence than class. The book uses Brexit – the British referendum in which a majority voted for the UK leaving the European Union – as the leading example of a conflict between national voters and the EU. However, taking back control of policymaking does not ensure effective policymaking when success depends not only on what the British Parliament does but also on decisions taken in Brussels, Washington and elsewhere. Boris Johnson’s electoral success is insufficient to deliver all his promises in the world beyond Brexit. The EU is challenged too, as its policies increasingly depend on what happens on other continents.

About the authors

Richard Rose has received many European awards for his pioneering books on comparative elections, public policy and British and European Union politics. He is Founder-Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, UK.

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"On both sides of the Channel, apparently secure democratic institutions are in trouble. Political legitimacy has been eroded by the unresolved conflicts between popular and representative democracy, between traditional incumbent parties and populist insurgents, and between often-complacent elites and increasingly sceptical electorates. The Brexit drama has not caused these problems, but it has both reflected and severely deepened them, especially in Britain. Richard Rose’s compelling, unsparing examination lays these problems bare. His analysis should be heeded by students and practitioners of politics alike." (Peter Kellner, Political Journalist and Co-founder of YouGov, UK)
"A volume on How Referendums Challenge European Democracy is to be welcomed. Direct democracy has come to play an increasingly important role in the dynamic of European integration, including the dramatic departure of a member state, the UK. This volume is a must-read on referendums and the structural limits of EU democracy." (Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)
"Taking as their starting point the observation that every national government is part of a network of political and economic interdependencies, Richard Rose and his colleagues bring together the study of democratic elections, the institutions of the European Union and the politics of Brexit. The analysis is consistently insightful and the references remarkably topical. To understand how political legitimacy is fragile in bounded democracies, this is an invaluable book." (Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, University College London, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Referendums Challenge European Democracy
Book Subtitle
Brexit and Beyond
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44117-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44117-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44116-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-44119-7
Series ISSN
2662-5873
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 236
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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