Calling European Union Treaty Referendums: Electoral and Institutional Politics

@article{Prosser2016CallingEU,
  title={Calling European Union Treaty Referendums: Electoral and Institutional Politics},
  author={Christopher Prosser},
  journal={Political Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={64},
  pages={182 - 199}
}
Many European integration treaties – most notably the failed Constitutional Treaty – have faced ratification by referendum in various member states. Although the literature on voting behaviour in these referendums in now well established, the reasons why these referendums were held in the first place is under-scrutinised. This article examines the reasons EU member states decide to call referendums in order to ratify EU treaties and argues that they do so primarily as a result of domestic… 

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