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How Referendums Challenge European Democracy

Brexit and Beyond

Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Richard Rose
    Pages 1-18
  3. Richard Rose
    Pages 19-36
  4. Ian McAllister, Richard Rose
    Pages 77-99
  5. Alexia Katsanidou, Slaven Živković
    Pages 117-133
  6. Paul Whiteley, Harold D. Clarke
    Pages 153-170
  7. Richard Rose
    Pages 171-189
  8. Richard Rose
    Pages 191-207
  9. Richard Rose
    Pages 209-224
  10. Richard Rose
    Pages 225-236

About this book

Introduction

‘On both sides of the Channel, apparently secure democratic institutions are in trouble. Political legitimacy has been eroded by the unresolved conflicts between popular and representative democracy, and between often-complacent elites and increasingly sceptical electorates. The Brexit drama has not caused these problems, but it has reflected and severely deepened them, especially in Britain. Richard Rose’s compelling, unsparing examination lays these problems bare. His analysis should be heeded by students and practitioners of politics alike.’

–Peter Kellner, Political Journalist and Co-founder of YouGov, UK

‘Direct democracy has come to play an increasingly important role in the dynamic of European integration, including the dramatic departure of a member state, the UK. This volume is a must-read on referendums and the structural limits of EU democracy.’

–Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy

‘Richard Rose and his colleagues bring together the study of democratic elections, the institutions of the EU and the politics of Brexit. The analysis is consistently insightful and the references remarkably topical. To understand how political legitimacy is fragile in bounded democracies, this is an invaluable book.’

–Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, UCL, UK


This book explains how citizens are using referendums to challenge decisions taken by the European Union. The opening chapters compare the two chief institutions of electoral democracy: parliamentary elections to decide who governs, and referendums to decide policies. Chapters analysing referendum voting on Europe in Britain, Greece and the Netherlands show that cultural values can have a stronger influence than class. The book uses Brexit as the leading example of a conflict between national voters and the EU. However, taking back control of policymaking does not ensure effective policymaking when success depends not only on what the British Parliament does but also on decisions taken in Brussels, Washington and elsewhere. The EU is challenged too, as its policies increasingly depend on what happens on other continents.


Richard Rose has received many European awards for his books on comparative elections, public policy and British and European Union politics. He is Founder-Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, UK.

Keywords

European Union politics referendums democracy in Europe representative democracy electoral democracy EU elections parliamentary elections referendum voting Brexit British referendum democratic elections Democratic Deficit Democratic Surplus National Referendums on Europe

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Public PolicyUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

About the authors

Richard Rose has received many European awards for his pioneering books on comparative elections, public policy and British and European Union politics. He is Founder-Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title How Referendums Challenge European Democracy
  • Book Subtitle Brexit and Beyond
  • Authors Richard Rose
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44117-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-44116-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-44119-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-44117-3
  • Series ISSN 2662-5873
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-5881
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 15 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Politics
    Electoral Politics
    International Organization
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Reviews

"On both sides of the Channel, apparently secure democratic institutions are in trouble. Political legitimacy has been eroded by the unresolved conflicts between popular and representative democracy, between traditional incumbent parties and populist insurgents, and between often-complacent elites and increasingly sceptical electorates. The Brexit drama has not caused these problems, but it has both reflected and severely deepened them, especially in Britain. Richard Rose’s compelling, unsparing examination lays these problems bare. His analysis should be heeded by students and practitioners of politics alike." (Peter Kellner, Political Journalist and Co-founder of YouGov, UK)

"A volume on How Referendums Challenge European Democracy is to be welcomed. Direct democracy has come to play an increasingly important role in the dynamic of European integration, including the dramatic departure of a member state, the UK. This volume is a must-read on referendums and the structural limits of EU democracy." (Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

"Taking as their starting point the observation that every national government is part of a network of political and economic interdependencies, Richard Rose and his colleagues bring together the study of democratic elections, the institutions of the European Union and the politics of Brexit. The analysis is consistently insightful and the references remarkably topical. To understand how political legitimacy is fragile in bounded democracies, this is an invaluable book." (Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, University College London, UK)