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Ireland's EU Referendum Experience

O'Mahony, Jane (2009) Ireland's EU Referendum Experience. Irish Political Studies, 24 (4). pp. 429-446. ISSN 0790-7184. (doi:10.1080/07907180903274727)


The purpose of this article is twofold. First, it surveys Ireland’s European Union referendum experience, tracing the key actors, issues and political dynamics of seven European referendums from 1973 to 2008. It unpicks the institutional rules of the referendum game in Ireland stemming from the McKenna and Coughlan judgements, the operation of the Referendum Commission and the effect of this institutional environment on referendum campaigns and

outcomes. Second, building on a framework originally developed by Darcy and Laver (1990), this article investigates the emergence of a dynamic in Irish referendums on EU treaties with two key elements: elite withdrawal and populist capture.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/07907180903274727
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Jane O'Mahony
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 11:27 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 04:03 UTC
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