Making sense of Italy’s constitutional referendum
Title: Making sense of Italy’s constitutional referendum
Citation: Mediterranean politics, 2018, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 403-409
ISSN: 1362-9395; 1743-9418
This article seeks to explain the rejection of the reforms proposed in the 2016 Constitutional Referendum in Italy. We contend that Renzi's promise to resign if he were to lose the referendum did not significantly affect the final result. While highly partisan voting patterns may lead to speculation that this so-called personalization strategy caused the rejection, we argue that voters probably would have followed party cues anyway. Instead, we argue that the fundamental explanation for the results was voter ambivalence towards the reforms themselves, based on insufficient information about the complex package and its broad coalition of opponents.
Published online: 21 Mar 2017
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