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23.06.2018
Referendums in Europe: Tool for Civic Engagement or Carnivalesque Prop?

Various referendums to ratify European policies or institutions have been held over the last 15 years across the European Union. Their questions have differed and their answers have at times sharply divided national public opinion. The extent to which their results have been respected raises important questions regarding the legitimacy of European and national democratic practices.

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01.06.2018
The Road to Repeal: How Ireland said ‘Yes’

Thanks to energetic grassroots campaigning and a steady shift in social attitudes, women in Ireland have finally won the right to choose whether to have child or not.

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18.12.2017
Beyond Majority Rule: Electoral Systems for Inclusive Politics

Rethinking how we ask voters what they want could ensure representative government for all and help us create a collaborative political culture.

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15.05.2017
The Beginning of the End? What Turkey’s Referendum Vote Tells Us

Does the result signal an inevitable decline of democracy or could it reinvigorate resistance across society?

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03.04.2017
Who Will Press the Reset Button First: Turkey or the EU?

The upcoming referendum in Turkey might give President Erdogan even greater power, threatening democratic rights in the country.

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20.12.2016
Neither Brexit nor Populism: the Italian Referendum was a Personal Defeat for Matteo Renzi

What was the Italian referendum on constitutional reforms really about?

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29.08.2016
David Cameron and the Three ‘Whiches’

To what extent were the outcomes of the recent plebiscites held in the UK determined by the formulation of the question and the method of counting votes? If these are significant factors, this points to some puzzling quirks in the country’s voting system, as well as some far-reaching flaws in its democracy.

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19.07.2016
What Previous Political Divorces in Europe

Much of the coverage of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has focused on the political and economic fallout of the vote, but what is the emotional impact of Brexit likely to be on those living in the UK? Drawing on the breakup of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia illustrates how the emotions of individuals on both sides of the debate might develop over the coming years.

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28.04.2016
Green Observatory: Brexit

The Green Observatory provides a round-up of perspectives on a current political issue from the Green European Journal’s partners around Europe. This first edition focuses its lens on Brexit: how is the referendum on UK membership being discussed in different countries? And what could be the potential consequences on the ground in the case of a vote to leave the EU?

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25.04.2016
The Dutch No: The Failure of Eurominimalism?

In the aftermath of the Dutch EU-Ukraine Association Agreement referendum, doubts remain on why voters chose to vote as they did.What explains the result, what solutions are likely and what is the way ahead?

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