Chapter

The Referendum Revival and the Constitutional Moment

Stephen Tierney

in Constitutional Referendums

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592791
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592791.003.0001

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

The Referendum Revival and the Constitutional Moment

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This chapter first sets out the focus of the book, namely the relationship between constitutional referendums and democracy. As direct democracy is used increasingly to supplement, and in some situations to supplant, representative democracy, it is important to revisit the age-old but now somewhat outdated debate over the respective merits and demerits of these two models. It asks whether constitutional referendums can be truly democratic as an instrument of republican government. The chapter then discusses constitutional theory, direct democracy in an age of instability, and constitutional referendums. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: constitutional referendums; democracy; republican government; constitutional theory

Chapter.  7778 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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