Referendum Democracy

Citizens, Elites and Deliberation in Referendum Campaigns

  • Matthew Mendelsohn
  • Andrew Parkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: Referendum Democracy

    1. Matthew Mendelsohn, Andrew Parkin
      Pages 1-22
  3. The Rising Use of Referendums

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Stephen C. Craig, Amie Kreppel, James G. Kane
      Pages 25-46
  4. The Impact of Referendums on Liberal-Democratic Institutions

  5. The Impact of Referendums on Deliberation and Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Richard Jenkins, Matthew Mendelsohn
      Pages 211-230
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 256-277

About this book


As the referendum becomes a more regular component of decision making, it leaves few, if any, institutions, processes and values of democracy untouched. Political actors of all kinds - including political parties and interest groups - seek to use the referendum device to further their own objectives. The end result is a different kind of democracy than existed before. This book lays out the comparative research agenda on the impact of referendums on the practice of liberal democracy.


campaign constitution decision-making democracy Direct democracy European Union (EU) government Institution referendum voter

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Mendelsohn
    • 1
  • Andrew Parkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political StudiesQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Research and Information on CanadaMontrealCanada

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