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Italy’s Referendum: Another one bites the dust?

December 6, 2016

By: Andrea Varsori On 5th December 2016, Italy voted in a referendum to decide whether to accept or reject a sweeping reform of the country’s Constitution. The constitutional reform was promoted by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who had come to power in February 2014 promising to bring much-needed change to the economy and the labyrinthine … Continue reading “Italy’s Referendum: Another one bites the dust?”


Why Colombia’s Referendum Result Poses an Opportunity for Peace

October 12, 2016

By: Charlotte Manson Results from Sunday’s referendum in Colombia have been described as astonishing and disappointing that will potentially throw the country into tumultuous uncertainty. Many journalists leapt to compare Brexit and recent referendums in Hungary and Thailand with Colombia denouncing the use of referendums as “messy, dangerous and not as democratic as they may seem”  … Continue reading “Why Colombia’s Referendum Result Poses an Opportunity for Peace”


Scottish independence: fiscal identities and the wealth of nations

September 17, 2014

By Pablo de Orellana and Claire Yorke: As Scotland goes to the polls tomorrow to determine its future in the United Kingdom, a number of contending identities have been at play in the referendum campaign over the past few weeks. The idea of self-determination is an emotional calling. It speaks of the need to achieve … Continue reading “Scottish independence: fiscal identities and the wealth of nations”


No guts, no glory

April 24, 2014

By Matthew Bell: Would an independent Scotland be missing some essential body parts? How do you create a new country? Not a question many of us have had to ask, but one surely on the minds of thousands of Brits worrying what independence would mean for the security we have all come to take for … Continue reading “No guts, no glory”


A lack of cosmopolitan substance: Considerations about the Swiss referendum to impose curbs on immigrants from the EU, a German perspective

February 15, 2014

By Sarah Katharina Kayß: Swiss voters have narrowly (50.3% voted in favour) backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas on immigration from European Union countries in February 2014. Even though Switzerland is not a member of the EU, it has adopted large sections of EU policy. The decision to impose curbs on immigrants … Continue reading “A lack of cosmopolitan substance: Considerations about the Swiss referendum to impose curbs on immigrants from the EU, a German perspective”


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