History Trumps Government Unpopularity: The June 2003 Polish EU Accession Referendum

@article{Szczerbiak2004HistoryTG,
  title={History Trumps Government Unpopularity: The June 2003 Polish EU Accession Referendum},
  author={Aleks Szczerbiak},
  journal={West European Politics},
  year={2004},
  volume={27},
  pages={671 - 690}
}
  • A. Szczerbiak
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Political Science
  • West European Politics
This analysis explains why Poles voted overwhelmingly to join the EU and how the 50% turnout requirement was achieved fairly easily. It argues that most Poles appeared to accept the historical significance of the referendum and de-coupled the issue of EU membership from that of confidence in an extremely unpopular government. This occurred because most key political and social actors, including the opposition parties, called for a Yes vote, while, at the same time, a vigorous campaign by pro-EU… 
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