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Why do governments call referenda?

Haven’t you been wondering that lately?  Tridimas has a paper (link here scroll down) on that question, here is one empirical observation: During the period 1957-2006, out of a total of 43 integration referenda, 23 were not constitutionally required but were called at the discretion of the incumbent government; 18 of these 23 resulted in […] The post Why do governments call referenda? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.
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