EU Enlargement and Referendums

Author: Aleks Szcerbiak
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317998901
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A series of EU accession referendums were held in nine candidate countries, eight post-communist states and Malta, between March and September 2003. These referendums provide us with an excellent comparative opportunity to deepen our understanding of the European integration issue and how it interacts with domestic politics, and of the dynamics of referendums in general and referendums on the European issue in particular. This book therefore provides a set of focused comparisons between these different cases. Each of the individual chapters provides an authoritative analysis of the referendum campaign and outcome in each of the countries concerned by a leading specialist on the politics of that country. This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal West European Politics.

Voices of Europe

Author: Simon Hug
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742516939
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This landmark study explores the increasingly important role that referendums play in the process of European integration. Employing an original research design, Simon Hug effectively blends formal modeling and statistical analysis to assess the consequences of European Union-wide referendums. He shows that their use has created more difficulties than the backers of direct democracy anticipated. With its detailed empirical analysis, this book makes an important contribution both to the study of referendums and to our understanding of institutional reform and integration within the EU.

EU Enlargement

Author: Christophe Hillion (jurist)
Publisher: Hart Publishing
ISBN: 1841133760
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The enlargement of the EU to embrace Central, Eastern and Southern Europe is usually analyzed from political and economic points of view, but the current process also has significant legal implications, which this edited collection explores. Written by scholars and officials from both the EU and the new Member States, the contributions cover three main themes. The first chapters examine how treaty-based accession conditions have been elaborated and controlled to meet the particular needs of the present process. The second part of the book analyzes the modalities of accession and in particular the unprecedented "pre-accession strategy" established by the Union with a view to monitoring the transformation of the candidate countries' legal orders. The final group of chapters envisages the impact of enlargement on the EU institutions and policies, both internal and external.

The 1975 Referendum on Europe Volume 2

Author: Mark Baimbridge
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1845406338
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Provides an analysis of the relationship between the UK and the EU, treating the key overarching issues in the 1975 referendum and looking ahead to the prospect (eventually) of further referendums on the subjects of EMU and a European constitution.

konomische Theorie der Demokratie

Author: Anthony Downs
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783165290523
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English summary: It was Anthony Downs' objective to create a model dealing with voter and government behavior. In order to do so, he established goals which governments, parties and lobbyists as well as the voters can pursue. To motivate all those concerned, he introduced the self-interest axiom and called for rationality in order to attain these goals. With the help of marginal analysis, each voter determines his/her party differential, which will help to determine each voter's choice at the ballot box and to decide which party's rule will give him/her greater utility in the future. Downs describes how crucial the concept of ideology is to his theory. He maintains that a two-party democracy could not provide stable and effective government unless there is a large measure of ideological consensus amongst its citizens, and that political parties encouraged voters to be irrational by remaining vague and ambiguous. German description: Anthony Downs' inzwischen klassisches Demokratie-Modell des Wahler- und Regierungsverhaltens orientiert sich an der okonomischen Theorie. Er nimmt an, dass politische Parteien und Wahler in der Verfolgung bestimmter, deutlich spezifizierter Ziele optimal handeln. So treffen die Wahler unter Ungewissheit uber den Wahlvorgang und die zukunftige Regierungsbildung ihre Wahl nach dem mutmasslichen Nutzen. Die Regierung versucht, mit Hilfe der Manipulation des Budgets ihre Wiederwahl zu erreichen.Ideologien der Parteien auf der einen Seite, Interessengruppen auf der anderen stellen den Wahlern bzw. der Regierung Informationen zur rationalen Entscheidungsfindung zur Verfugung. Dabei wird deutlich, dass Mehrparteiensysteme und Verhaltniswahlrecht jedes Wahl-Kalkul unlosbar werden lassen. Auf die weiteren Folgerungen fur Demokratie-Forschung und -Verstandnis geht Downs im letzten Teil seines Werkes ausfuhrlich ein.

The 1975 Referendum on Europe

Author: Mark Baimbridge
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781845400347
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These books provide an analysis of the past, current and future relationship between the UK and the EU, treating the key overarching issues in the 1975 referendum and looking ahead to the prospect (eventually) of further referendums on the subjects of EMU and a European constitution. They offer a comprehensive review of the key issues regarding the conduct and outcomes of past and possible future referendums, drawing out significant features, debates, controversies, policies etc.

Cyprus Referendum

Author: Chrysostomos Pericleous
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857711938
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The Cyprus referendum of 2004 was a definitive moment in the recent history of Cyprus. The island’s future hung in the balance - specifically the fate of the controversial Annan Plan, which proposed the creation of a single United Cyprus Republic with two constituent states. Accepted by the Turkish side but rejected by Greek Cypriots, the Plan was not implemented. In this balanced account of a highly charged period Chrysostomos Pericleous offers an exhaustive treatment of the events that culminated in the referendum and through his comparative study, explains the positions ultimately taken by Greek and Turkish Cypriots. _x000D_ _x000D_ The Cyprus Referendum presents the definitive account of the course of action taken by President Tassos Papadopoulos and his ruling coalition which ultimately led to the resounding ‘No’ vote on the Annan Plan by the Greek Cypriots at the referendum. It reviews Greek foreign policy relating to Turkey in the run-up to the referendum as well as internal changes within Turkey, such as the rise of political Islam. Pericleous also examines in depth Turkey’s new international priorities, especially the government’s bid to join the EU. He places the events on the island within a wider global context, focusing especially on the re-orientation of US foreign policy in the Greece-Turkey-Cyprus triangle. Drawing together all the evidence, the author explores the consequences for the island and whether the rejection of the referendum will lead to a period of decline for Cyprus unless a dramatic change occurs in Greek Cypriot politics._x000D_ _x000D_ An important contribution to the study of Cypriot politics, The Cyprus Referendum provides readers with a deeper insight into the broader political framework within which the UN peace initiative in Cyprus has developed. It is a meticulous study of a critical moment in Cypriot history and the depth of its research makes the book invaluable for anyone interested in the island - past, present and future._x000D_

A Comparative Study of Referendums

Author: Mads Qvortrup
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719071812
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Should the people be allowed to decide on difficult policy issues? This is the fundamental problem of democratic theory. 'A comparative study of referendums' provides a starting point for anyone interested in referendums and direct democracy. Combining an account of the political history and philosophy of the referendum, with a thorough assessment of the practical experiences with referendums in western democracies, this book has established itself as the unrivalled market-leader in the field. Fully revised and with new chapters on campaign spending and the administration of referendums, the second edition of this book provides a thorough overview of the theory and practice of referendums. At a time when more and more countries are holding referendums, Professor Qvortrup's book is essential reading for political scientists, journalists and everyone interested in the fundamental issues of democracy.