EU Referendums in Context: What can we learn from the Swiss Case?

Heidbreder, Eva G.; Stadelmann, Isabelle; Thomann, Eva; Sager, Fritz (2019). EU Referendums in Context: What can we learn from the Swiss Case? Public administration - an international quarterly, 97(2), pp. 370-383. Wiley 10.1111/padm.12566

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The rising number of referendums on EU matters, such as the Brexit and the Catalonian independence votes, highlight the increasing importance of referendums as a problem‐solving mechanism in the EU. We argue that the Swiss case provides essential insights into understanding the dynamics behind referendums, which are often lacking when referendums are called for in the EU. Referendums in EU member states on EU matters differ substantially from the in Swiss context. Nevertheless, proponents of more direct democratic decision‐making regularly cite the Swiss example. Our systematic analysis of why referendums are called, how they unfold and their resulting effects in the EU and Switzerland reveals that the EU polity lacks the crucial conditions that embed direct democracy within the wider political and institutional system. The comparative perspective offers fundamental insights into the pre‐conditions required for direct democracy to function and its limitations in the EU.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle and Sager, Fritz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science

ISSN:

1467-9299

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Deborah Anna Fritzsche

Date Deposited:

13 Dec 2018 15:34

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2020 12:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/padm.12566

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.122340

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/122340

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