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Italian referendum on constitutional reform: what does the ‘no’ vote mean for Italy and Europe


Bertsou, Eri (2016). Italian referendum on constitutional reform: what does the ‘no’ vote mean for Italy and Europe. New York: International Peace Institute.

Abstract

In a referendum on Sunday, Italians rejected constitutional electoral reform proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. As with other recent global referendums, the question put to voters encompassed much more than the proposed changes. The official debate focused on whether the reforms would facilitate a more efficient democratic process, as proponents claimed, or allow the concentration of too much power in the hands of the government and the leading political party. The poll also became a vote on the premiership of Renzi, who had promised to resign if his proposal was rejected, and confirmed his intention to do so as soon as the results were announced.

Abstract

In a referendum on Sunday, Italians rejected constitutional electoral reform proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. As with other recent global referendums, the question put to voters encompassed much more than the proposed changes. The official debate focused on whether the reforms would facilitate a more efficient democratic process, as proponents claimed, or allow the concentration of too much power in the hands of the government and the leading political party. The poll also became a vote on the premiership of Renzi, who had promised to resign if his proposal was rejected, and confirmed his intention to do so as soon as the results were announced.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Editors:International Peace Institute New York
Language:English
Date:6 December 2016
Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 12:18
Last Modified:28 Oct 2021 12:18
Publisher:International Peace Institute
Series Name:Global Observatory
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://theglobalobservatory.org/2016/12/italy-referendum-renzi-european-union/
Related URLs:https://theglobalobservatory.org/ (Organisation)
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)