Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Dilemmas of Direct Democracy: The European Union from Comparative Perspective


Mendez, Fernando; Mendez, Mario; Triga, Vasiliki (2008). Dilemmas of Direct Democracy: The European Union from Comparative Perspective. c2d Working Papers Series 30, Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich.

Abstract

In recent decades Europe?s political landscape has been marked by a notable rise in the use of mechanisms of direct democracy such as the referendum and the citizens? initiative. Our focus in this article is on the national referendums that are directly connected to the European Union (EU) integration process. These types of referendums are increasingly recognised by the scholarly community as the source of institutional instability across the wider EU polity. To explain the nature of this empirical puzzle is this article?s main objective. However, instead of pursuing intra-EU comparisons, as does much of the literature, we adopt a comparative perspective on the EU that involves the explicit comparison with other polities. In doing so, we bring to the fore a neglected dimension in the study of EU referendum politics: the operation of federal political institutions. We contend that cross-polity comparison of EU forms of direct democracy with other polities reveal insights that suggest a number of institutional models to overcome the sources of the present instability.

Abstract

In recent decades Europe?s political landscape has been marked by a notable rise in the use of mechanisms of direct democracy such as the referendum and the citizens? initiative. Our focus in this article is on the national referendums that are directly connected to the European Union (EU) integration process. These types of referendums are increasingly recognised by the scholarly community as the source of institutional instability across the wider EU polity. To explain the nature of this empirical puzzle is this article?s main objective. However, instead of pursuing intra-EU comparisons, as does much of the literature, we adopt a comparative perspective on the EU that involves the explicit comparison with other polities. In doing so, we bring to the fore a neglected dimension in the study of EU referendum politics: the operation of federal political institutions. We contend that cross-polity comparison of EU forms of direct democracy with other polities reveal insights that suggest a number of institutional models to overcome the sources of the present instability.

Statistics

Downloads

130 downloads since deposited on 07 Apr 2014
37 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Working Paper Series > C2D Working Paper Series
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
340 Law
900 History
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:07 Apr 2014 13:57
Last Modified:18 Feb 2018 11:26
Series Name:c2d Working Papers Series
Number of Pages:32
ISSN:1662-8152 (E)
OA Status:Green

Download

Download PDF  'Dilemmas of Direct Democracy: The European Union from Comparative Perspective'.
Preview
Filetype: PDF
Size: 460kB