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Referendums on EU Matters : Study


Mendez, Fernando; Mendez, Mario (2017). Referendums on EU Matters : Study. Brussels: European Parliament: Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs.

Abstract

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament. It analyses the political and legal dynamics behind referendums on EU-related matters. It argues that we have entered a period of increasing political uncertainty with regard to the European project and that this new political configuration will both affect and be affected by the politics of EU-related referendums. Such referendums have long been a risky endeavour and this has been accentuated in the wake of the Great Recession with its negative ramifications for public opinion in the European Union. It is clear that referendums on EU matters are here to stay and will continue to be central to the EU’s future as they are deployed to determine the number of Member States within the EU, its geographical reach, its constitutional evolution and adherence to EU policies. Only now they have become an even riskier endeavour.

Abstract

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament. It analyses the political and legal dynamics behind referendums on EU-related matters. It argues that we have entered a period of increasing political uncertainty with regard to the European project and that this new political configuration will both affect and be affected by the politics of EU-related referendums. Such referendums have long been a risky endeavour and this has been accentuated in the wake of the Great Recession with its negative ramifications for public opinion in the European Union. It is clear that referendums on EU matters are here to stay and will continue to be central to the EU’s future as they are deployed to determine the number of Member States within the EU, its geographical reach, its constitutional evolution and adherence to EU policies. Only now they have become an even riskier endeavour.

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Item Type:Published Research Report
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (C2D)
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:14 Feb 2017 07:22
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 08:06
Publisher:European Parliament: Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs
Number of Pages:214
Additional Information:PE 571.402
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/571402/IPOL_STU%282017%29571402_EN.pdf

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