Sveinung Arnesen

  Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

  12:30 - 13:30

   CESS Seminar Rooms - 3 George Street Mews

   By What Authority? Uncovering The Conditional Mandate from Referendums in EU Membership Decisions


A virtue of democratic decision-making procedures is that the foundations in which decisions are made are thought to enhance the legitimacy of the decision. We study the nuances of this assumption and ask under what conditions democratic decisions are seen as legitimate in the eyes of the people. Specifically, we investigate what mandate citizens award an EU membership referendum in three European non-member and three member countries based on the level of turnout, size of majority, and favorability of the outcome.