The EU’s Democratic Deficit and Repeated Referendums in Ireland

  title={The EU’s Democratic Deficit and Repeated Referendums in Ireland},
  author={Connor T. Jerzak},
  journal={International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society},
  • Connor T. Jerzak
  • Published 2014
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
  • This analysis tackles the question of whether the democratic deficit in the European Union is associated with repeated referendums—giving voters a second chance to vote “yes” for EU treaties. Looking at repeated referendums in Ireland on the Nice and Lisbon treaties, I argue that, broadly speaking, these referendums failed to give Irish voters the meaningful ability to contest the direction of EU policy or to choose among alternative policy options, an example of how the democratic deficit can… CONTINUE READING
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