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Ratification through referendum or parliamentary vote: When to call a non-required referendum?

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Tridimas, George (2007) Ratification through referendum or parliamentary vote: When to call a non-required referendum? European Journal of Political Economy, 23 . pp. 674-692. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The paper examines the choice of an incumbent government to call either a non-required referendum or a parliamentary vote to ratify legislation, when there is uncertainty about the preferences of voters and elected representatives. Winning a referendum confers different gains from winning a parliamentary vote but requires different levels of effort to attract support. Differences in the preferences of the majority of voters and representatives, personal support for the incumbent and parliamentary party discipline emerge as determinants of the decision to call a non-required referendum.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Non-required referendum; Parliamentary vote; Spatial voting under uncertainty; Incumbent versus opposition
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:14252
Deposited By:Professor George Tridimas
Deposited On:22 Jun 2010 17:18
Last Modified:08 May 2014 11:31

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