A Comparative Study of Referendums: Government by the People, Second Edition

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Manchester University Press, Oct 7, 2005 - Political Science - 198 pages
Should the people be allowed to decide on difficult policy issues? This is the fundamental problem of democratic theory. 'A comparative study of referendums' provides a starting point for anyone interested in referendums and direct democracy.

Combining an account of the political history and philosophy of the referendum, with a thorough assessment of the practical experiences with referendums in western democracies, this book has established itself as the unrivalled market-leader in the field.

Fully revised and with new chapters on campaign spending and the administration of referendums, the second edition of this book provides a thorough overview of the theory and practice of referendums.

At a time when more and more countries are holding referendums, Professor Qvortrup's book is essential reading for political scientists, journalists and everyone interested in the fundamental issues of democracy.

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the referendum as the peoples veto
Do referendums stand in the way of salutary reform?
Is the referendum a constitutional safeguard?
two case
bringing it all back home
Appendix B Regulation of referendums

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Professor Matt Qvortrup is Chair of Politics at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and an adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney

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