Field Seminar B 2009-2010, Weeks 8-9

Week 8: The impact of referendums (MG)

Lawrence LeDuc, T_he Politics of Global Democracy: referendums in global perspective_. Peterborough Ontario: Broadview Press, 2003

Matt Qvortrup, A_ Comparative Study of Referendums: Government by the People_, 2nd ed (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005).

Claes De Vreese (ed), The Dynamics of Referendum Campaigns: an international perspective (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

Maija Setala, Referendums and Democratic Government: normative theory and the analysis of institutions (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999)

Svensson, Palle (2002), Five Danish Referendums on the European Community and European Union: A Critical Assessment of the Franklin Thesis European Journal of Political Research 41/5: 733"50.

Further reading:

Bowler, Shaun and Todd Donovan (1998), Demanding Choices: Opinion, Voting, and Direct Democracy (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press). Overview of the USA experience.

Darcy, R. and Michael Laver (1990), Referendum Dynamics and the Irish Divorce Amendment, Public Opinion Quarterly 54/1: 1-20.

de Vreese, Claes H. (2006), Political Parties in Dire Straits? Consequences of National Referendums for Political Parties, Party Politics 12/5: 581-98.

Lupia, Arthur and Richard Johnston (2001), Are Voters to Blame? Voter Competence and Elite Maneuvers in Referendums, in Matthew Mendelsohn and Andrew Parkin (eds), Referendum Democracy: Citizens, Elites  and Deliberation in Referendum Campaigns (Basingstoke: Palgrave). (2001), 191-210.

Marthaler, Sally (2005), The French Referendum on Ratification of the EU Constitutional Treaty, 29 May 2005, Representation 41/3: 230-9.

Michael Gallagher and Pier Vincenzo Uleri (eds), T_he Referendum Experience in Europe._ Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996.

Week 9: Electoral Behaviour I: The Dependent Variable (MM)

Cees van der Eijk et al, ‘Rethinking the dependent variable in voting behavior: On the measurement and analysis of electoral utilities’, Electoral Studies 2006, 25(3): 424-47

Guy Whitten and Harvey Palmer  ‘Heightening Comparativists’ concern  for model choice’, American Journal of Political Science, vol 40(1) 1996: 231-60

See also:

Wouter van der Brug et al The Economy and the Vote. Cambridge UnIversity Press, 2008, esp pp. 31-53.

Michael Marsh ‘Stability and change in structure of electoral competition 1989-2002’ in, editor(s)Diane Payne, John Garry and Niamh Hardiman , Irish social and political attitudes, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2006, pp94 – 111, [see]

Ken Benoit
Ken Benoit
Professor of Computational Social Science
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