Referendum Policies across Political Systems

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Nanuli Silagadze, Sergiu Gherghina
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Political Quarterly


This article compares the use of referendums across political regimes over time in Europe. It

does so on the basis of a new typology that differentiates between policy domains and

degrees of abstraction. The analysis shows different patterns in referendum use between

authoritarian regimes, countries in transition and democracies. In addition to the variation in

policy domains, the findings indicate different institutional features within the polity types:

the process of initiation, the turnout in referendums and the rate of approval. The empirical

evidence draws on an original dataset of 620 referendums organised at national level in Europe

between 1793 and 2017.


referendum, typology, policy, Europe

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