How Parties Affect Vote Choice in European Integration Referendums

  title={How Parties Affect Vote Choice in European Integration Referendums},
  author={Sara Binzer Hobolt},
  journal={Party Politics},
  pages={623 - 647}
  • S. Hobolt
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Political Science
  • Party Politics
Direct democracy allows citizens to undercut the will of their elected representatives. Yet, while the electorate has the final say in referendums, political parties are in a privileged position to influence voters’ perceptions of the issue on the ballot. By developing a model on voting behaviour in referendums, this article examines how and to what extent parties can influence referendum outcomes. It argues that as pivotal information providers in referendum campaigns, political parties can… 

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