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The Rules of Referendums

Renwick, A; Sargeant, J; (2021) The Rules of Referendums. In: Smith, J, (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of European Referendums. (pp. 67-90). Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland.

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Abstract

Referendums, like any large-scale processes of democratic decision-making, need to take place within a framework of rules. This chapter examines such rules. It surveys how referendums are regulated in Europe today, focusing on five key dimensions: when referendums take place; how the vote is structured; the status of the result; the conduct of the campaign; and how the rules are enforced. It also assesses how referendums ought to be regulated. It finds that there are many important gaps in current regulatory frameworks: much more could be done to ensure that referendums play the most positive role they could in the overall democratic system.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Rules of Referendums
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-55803-1_4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55803-1_4
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125153
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