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Non-Binding Linked-Issues Referenda: Analysis and an Application

Timo Goeschl
Public Choice
Vol. 124, No. 3/4 (Sep., 2005), pp. 249-266
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30026717
Page Count: 18
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Non-Binding Linked-Issues Referenda: Analysis and an Application
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Abstract

Non-binding referenda ('petitions') are an instrument of direct democracy that allows citizens to signal preferences to politicians outside the electoral cycle. This paper provides a simple theoretical and empirical analysis of a particular form of non-binding referenda, socalled linked-issues petitions. It analyzes the ability of issue linkage to increase participation levels above those of single-issue petitions and applies the analytical insights to a controversial referendum held in Austria in 2002 that linked issues of transboundary nuclear risk and Eastern enlargement of the European Union.

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