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.
Simon Hug is professor of political science at the UniversitSt St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Citizens, Democracy, and European Integration Chapter 3 Referendums on European Integration Chapter 4 Voting Behavior in Referendums Chapter 5 Policy Effects of Referendums Chapter 6 Assessing the Impact of Referendums Chapter 7 Extending the Use of Referendums Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Appendix