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A comparative study of referendums : government by the people

A comparative study of referendums : government by the people

Author: Mads Qvortrup
Publisher: Manchester, UK ; New York, USA : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Democracy means the rule of the people. Yet in all countries, the role of the citizen is limited to periodic general elections and occasional referendums - especially in Britain where the doctrine of 'Parliamentary sovereignty' was until recently an article of faith. However, referendums are becoming an important feature of Western democracy. Citizens are increasingly being called upon to decide complex political
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Genre/Form: Book
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mads Qvortrup
ISBN: 0719060370 9780719060373
OCLC Number: 48532510
Description: vi, 183 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The referendum and the ideal of consensus government. The principle of participation and the referendum ; Referendums and voter knowledge: some empirical findings ; Excursus: the reasoning voter ; Excursus: voter knowledge in a representative democracy ; A preliminary conclusion --
A.V. Dicey's theory: the referendum as the people's veto. The initiative ; Civic education and the limits of public participation ; The referendum act as an alternative to a second chamber --
Do referendums 'stand in the way of salutary reform'? Transfer of sovereignty referendums: support for integration ; Referendums on constitutional issues: with a special reference to Australian referendums ; Referendums on moral issues ; Referendums on economic issues ; Referendums on 'other issues' ; Excursus: the referendum as a deus ex machina ; Referendums as a conservative weapon: a preliminary assessment --
Is the referendum a constitutional safeguard? ; Comparative perspectives on the referendum in Britain ; The labour proposals for referendums in 1996: a case study ; British referendums: the story so far --
The minority veto and the popular referendum: two case studies. The Danish minority veto: a historical introduction ; The popular referendum in Italy ; Excursus: referendums in Germany ; The popular referendum and the normative criteria.
Responsibility: Mads Qvortrup.
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