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Constitutional Referendums: The Theory and Practice of Republican Deliberation

Stephen Tierney


The use of referendums around the world has grown remarkably in the past thirty years and, in particular, referendums are today deployed more than ever in the settlement of constitutional questions, even in countries with little or no tradition of direct democracy. This book addresses the implications of this development for constitutional democracy in a globalizing age, when many of the older certainties surrounding sovereignty and constitutional authority are coming under scrutiny. The book identifies four substantive constitutional processes where the referendum is regularly used today: the ... More

Keywords: referendums, constitutional questions, direct democracy, constitutional democracy, globalization, new states, sub-state autonomy, multinational states, European Union, civil republican theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Tierney, author
Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh