In this chapter we shall review the patterns outlined in the preceding chapters and ask whether evidence from a number of European countries enables us to draw any general conclusions about the use, the consequences, the benefits, the dangers and finally the future of the referendum phenomenon. First, we need to sum up briefly the provisions made for the referendum in European constitutions.


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