Constitutional Referendums: The Deliberative Challenge

Stephen Tierney

in Constitutional Referendums

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592791
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741067 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

Constitutional Referendums: The Deliberative Challenge

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The evidence examined throughout the book suggests that, at least in undivided societies, the referendum can be a successful constitutional instrument provided adequate legal regulation serves to promote and protect a deliberative environment within which citizen participation can be fostered. This chapter explains how this conclusion has been reached by way of a series of steps taken throughout the book. It then summarizes some of the key elements by which the republican deliberative credentials of referendums might be tested. Finally, it presents some general comments about the ongoing democratic challenges which the referendum poses for contemporary constitutional politics.

Keywords: referendum; legal regulation; citizen participation; republican deliberation; constitutional politics

Chapter.  8232 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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