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The Strategic Use of Referendums: Power, Legitimacy, and Democracy
Referendums—the direct popular vote on an issue—appear to be the most democratic of decision mechanisms because the voice of the people is directly heard rather than mediated through elected representatives in legislatures. But referendums can be manipulated by elites using tactics such as timing and wording of the question submitted to a popular vote. Leaders can orchestr ...more
Hardcover, 166 pages
Published August 2nd 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan
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The book is a gentle introduction into some of the relevant issues linked with referendums and their consideration from the perspective of elites. The thing just is that the case selection (mostly de Gaulle's France, Chile, last years of the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet states) is undeniably narrowing the topic and making the arguments less problematic. The inclusion of countries like Slovakia or Hungary that are disposing with similar characteristics is sufficient to reveal a variety of shortco ...more