Referendums and Democratic Government

Normative Theory and the Analysis of Institutions

  • Maija Setälä

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. 1 Introduction

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      Pages 1-8
  3. Referendum Theories

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      Pages 9-9
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      Pages 11-32
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      Pages 33-65
  4. Analysis of Institutions

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      Pages 67-67
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      Pages 69-107
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 170-200

About this book


Referendums and Democratic Government is the most systematic analysis of the referendum so far. The referendum phenomenon is approached from different perspectives: social choice theory, theories of democracy, a comparative study on 22 democracies, and in-depth case studies of Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. The referendum is not a unitary phenomenon but it serves various functions and different normative goals in the political systems studied. This variation may largely be explained by the differences in the initiating and agenda-setting procedures.


democracy government referendum

Authors and affiliations

  • Maija Setälä
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TurkuFinland

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