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Déjà-vu (again): The Lisbon Treaty Referendum in Ireland

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Marsh, Michael; Schwirz, Laura

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract There has been an increasing use of direct democracy in the form of referendums on aspects of European integration. Two such referendums have been held in Ireland in 2008 and 2009 with the outcome changing from a No to a Yes vote. This paper addresses the question of what explains the change in outcome in two referendums on essentially the same document. It will do so by looking at the role of the campaign in providing information and hence reducing uncertainty, the importance of issue frames and the impact of domestic considerations on vote choice. It is suggested that there has not been a change in underlying attitudes but a change in how the Irish electorate weighed the same factors differently at both referendums. In addition, a change in economic conditions at the time of the second referendum also had an effect on how voters decided the second time around.
Keywords Lisbon Treaty; Ireland; referendum; voting behavior; European integration; election result; EU; constitution; election; analysis; European Policy
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Wien
Page/Pages 36 p.
Series Reihe Politikwissenschaft / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Politikwissenschaft, 133
ISSN 1605-8003
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications