Direkte Demokratie in Europa: Erträge, Probleme und Perspektiven der vergleichenden Forschung

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In recent years, the number of publications investigating national referenda in Europe on both a theoretical and a comparative basis has considerably grown. The review essay takes stock of this literature, focusing on three questions: What are the main reasons for introducing and using direct-democratic institutions? How can the results of referenda and initiatives be explained? What effects do they have on parliamentary democracy? The critical review sheds light on important achievements as well as persistent gaps and problems of the existing scholarship.
Translated title of the contributionDirect Democracy in Europe: Income, Problems and Perspectives of comparative Research
Original languageGerman
JournalPolitische Vierteljahresschrift
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)286-305
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2009