Referendums Around the World

With a Foreword by Sir David Butler

  • Matt Qvortrup

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Matt Qvortrup
    Pages 19-45
  3. Uwe Serdült
    Pages 47-112
  4. Ronald J. Hill, Stephen White
    Pages 113-145
  5. Todd Donovan
    Pages 147-183
  6. David Altman
    Pages 185-211
  7. Norbert Kersting
    Pages 213-235
  8. Matt Qvortrup, Caroline Morris, Masahiro Kobori
    Pages 237-262
  9. Matt Qvortrup
    Pages 263-272
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 273-307

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive summary and analysis of all the nationwide referendums since 1793. Referendums are ubiquitous and are increasingly becoming vehicles for political change – or sometimes vehicles of conservatism. In 2016, for example, the voters in the United Kingdom caused a major upheaval when they voted for leaving the European Union. Later in the same year, a majority of the voters in Colombia rejected a peace plan carefully negotiated by the political elites to end decades of civil war. Were these decisions prudent?  Why were these issues submitted to referendums? Why did the majority of voters vote against the governments’ recommendations? Have ‘the people’ grown tired of the old political class? Was this a new tendency? These are some of the questions addressed in this new edition, which will be compulsory reading for anyone interested in or concerned about populism and democracy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Matt Qvortrup
    • 1
  1. 1.Coventry UniversityCoventryUnited Kingdom

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