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Referendums in the European Union: Defective by Birth?


Cheneval, Francis; Ferrín, Mónica (2018). Referendums in the European Union: Defective by Birth? Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(5):1178-1194.

Abstract

On the basis of a combined examination of normative claims and empirical evidence this paper discusses minimal criteria for the institutional design of referendums on EU‐internal issues. These criteria concern the mandatory (vs. optional), the simultaneous (vs. serial) and binding (vs. consultative) nature of referendums. The proposed criteria are demanding, both for the Member States and the European Union, but experiences show that the EU is in fact participating actively in EU‐issues referendums and Member States as well as the EU need to surpass the current arbitrary use of plebiscites by governments. On a broader scale the paper contributes to the insight that it might be time to fully address the use of direct democracy at the national and EU levels.

Abstract

On the basis of a combined examination of normative claims and empirical evidence this paper discusses minimal criteria for the institutional design of referendums on EU‐internal issues. These criteria concern the mandatory (vs. optional), the simultaneous (vs. serial) and binding (vs. consultative) nature of referendums. The proposed criteria are demanding, both for the Member States and the European Union, but experiences show that the EU is in fact participating actively in EU‐issues referendums and Member States as well as the EU need to surpass the current arbitrary use of plebiscites by governments. On a broader scale the paper contributes to the insight that it might be time to fully address the use of direct democracy at the national and EU levels.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political Science and International Relations, Economics and Econometrics, General Business, Management and Accounting, Business and International Management
Language:English
Date:July 2018
Deposited On:26 Jun 2018 13:22
Last Modified:19 Aug 2018 16:01
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1468-5965
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12727
Official URL:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jcms.12727
Project Information:
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID320294
  • : Project TitleAll Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship.

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