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Voting by the people: the referendums on the European Constitution

Matt Qvortrup

in The Politics of Participation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076589
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701560 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076589.003.0010
Voting by the people: the referendums on the European Constitution

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This chapter examines citizenship engagement, looking at a case study of the 2005 referendums on the European Constitution in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It presents an analysis of the referendums in the light of international research and seeks to determine if the referendums formed a general pattern. It concludes that the referendum results were shaped broadly by two factors: disquiet among the socialist voters and opposition to the EU from unskilled and low-waged employees.

Keywords: 2005 referendums; European Constitution; Spain; Luxembourg; socialist voters; low-waged employees

Chapter.  7359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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