Was Mattarella worth the trouble? Explaining the failure of the 2016 Italian constitutional referendum

  title={Was Mattarella worth the trouble? Explaining the failure of the 2016 Italian constitutional referendum},
  author={Fedra Negri and Elisa Rebessi},
  journal={Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica},
  pages={177 - 196}
  • F. Negri, E. Rebessi
  • Published 21 January 2018
  • Political Science
  • Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica
The election of President Mattarella is a turning point in Matteo Renzi’s attempt to reform the constitution. This choice determined the loss of Forza Italia’s support to the constitutional reform, thus leaving the Renzi cabinet and the Democratic Party alone on the Yes-side. Our goal is to assess the degree of Renzi’s misjudgment by comparing two theoretical perspectives on voting behavior in direct-democratic settings through a nested design. Our results highlight that vote choices can be… 
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